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QHY 163C Color Camera

US$ 1,089.16

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Short Description

The QHY163M/C camera is an incredible value. It uses a relatively large 4/3-inch, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, available in both monochrome and color. The QHY163M/C has exceptionally low readout noise (as low as 1 electron!), low dark current and two-stage cooling capable of reducing the sensor temperature to -40C below ambient. The sensor chamber is sealed and the optical window is heated to prevent dew. The camera's interface is USB 3.0 and delivers 23FPS@16 megapixel full resolution output, 30FPS@4K HD video output.



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High Sensitivity - Affordable Price 

QHY163 comes in both a monochrome (QHY163M) and a color version (QHY163C). The low read noise capability of the QHY163M and mono sensor is ideal for use with narrowband filters.

Short Backfocus - QHYCW2/3 and OAG

For flexibility, there are a variety of connection solutions with our color filter wheel and the QHY163M camera. There is the the standard connection and a short back focus connection. Also, the optional 0.5-27.5 flexible backfocus spacer can meet any back focal length requirement.

4096 x 2160 @ 30FPS - Raw Video

QHY163M/C supports any size ROI, 22.5FPS @16MP full resolution, 30FPS 4K video, 57FPS 1920 x 1080 and hundreds frame per second at smaller ROI.

DSO / Narrow Band
Meteors / Spectroscopy

Because of the Super HD resolution real time video function and ultra low read noise, QHY163M/C is suitable for capturing transient phenomena, DSO imaging, spectroscopy and narrow band imaging. Signal from dim objects can sometimes be lost in read noise. But with the 1.0e- noise performance at high gain this is is far less of a problem. Even stacking multiple images of a DSO is made possible.

ModelQHY163M (Monochrome)  QHY163C(Color)
CMOS Sensor16mega pixel 4/3inch sensor
AR Coating On SensorNo.Clear Glass
Pixel Size3.8um*3.8um
Effective Pixel Area
Effective Pixels
16 mega 
Effective Image Area
18ke- to 20ke-
AD Sample Depth
12bit/10bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
Sensor Size
Typical 4/3inch
Full Frame Rate and ROI Frame Rate
22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution
30FPS@4K HD Video   
Readout Noise2.4e@low gain 1.0e@high gain 
Dark Current0.006e/pixel/sec @ -20C
Exposure Time Range60us-1800sec
Anti-Glow ControlYes
Shutter TypeElectric Rolling Shutter
Computer InterfaceUSB3.0
Built-in Image Buffer128MByte DDR2 memory
Non-volatile memory / On camera storageBuild-in total 512Kbytes Flash Memory. 100Kbytes user-accessible space
for stellar ROI frames for analysis of exoplanet investigation, occultations, atmospheric seeing messurement, focus , optic analysis etc. Support 100*100 image x 10rames   50*50 image x40frames. 25*25 image x160frames 10*10 image * 1000 frames (total frame numbers is based on 8bit image)
Cooling System
Dual Stage TEC cooler(about -40C below ambient)
Anti-Dew Heater
Air-proof Chamber Yes,with silicon gel tube socket
Telescope Interface
Optic Window Type

QHY163M: AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating 
QHY163C: IR cut filter 

Back Focal Length
Different value with different setup. See the camera connection table on bottom of this page
Other Port6PIN RJ11 Guide Port,  4PIN QHYCFW Port.
Power SupplyCamera Powered by USB.  The TEC need 12V DC input.

Additional Information

Additional Information

NameQHY 163C Color Camera
Sensor Name16mega pixel 4/3inch sensor
Sensor TechnologyCMOS
Sensor TypeCOLOR
Sensor Dimension4656*3522
Sensor Resolution16 Mega
Pixel Size (µm)3.80
Bit Rate12 bit
InterfaceUSB 3.0
Full well18ke- to 20ke-
QE peakN/A