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QHY 165C Cooled Color APS-C CMOS Camera - QHY165C

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QHY165C Cooled APS-C CMOS Astronomy Camera



The QHY165C is very similar to the QHY168C. The sensor has the same pixel size and array, but the 165C has a 12-Bit Depth instead of 14-bit. This change to the sensor lowers the price significantly.



QHY's 165C is a cooled USB 3.0 color imaging camera with a large 16-megapixel sensor. The 165C sports the Sony IMX080; an APS-C color sensor with a 4952 x 3288 effective array of 4.8um pixels. It has a dynamic range of almost 14 stops and has low readout noise, with 3.2e at lowest gain and 2.3e at high gain. The IMX080 front-illuminated sensor is housed in a sealed chamber that is heated to prevent dew from building up on either the sensor or window.



The QHY165C comes with a two-stage TEC cooling and temperature regulation system that can cool your camera down to as low as -40C below ambient. QHY has also incorporated anti-dew technology into the QHY165C. The CMOS chamber is fully sealed and includes a silicon gel tube socket as well as a heater to help keep both your sensor and the sensor window dry, even on damp nights.



In an effort to avoid halos around bright stars the optical window has an AR+AR coating instead of the traditional IR-Cut window normally offered on one-shot color cameras. There is a trade off in that you will need to provide your own 2" IR-cut filter and mount it on the front of the camera.



The QHY165C allows for true raw image output! When you get the original signal to work with, you have maximum flexibility in the image processing stage of the process. Also, a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer provides a safeguard against unexpected drops in data transmission. A frame buffer avoids lost frames during USB transfer by storing image data in the camera itself until it can be safely transmitted. Buffering will also make sure your video runs more smoothly when using a slower computer that cannot always handle high-speed data well.



The QHY165C camera has an anti-amp light control circuit to reduce amplifier glow significantly. Ports include a 6-pin RJ11 Guide Port and a 4-pin CFW2 Filter Wheel Control Port, allowing you to add an optional autoguider or filter wheel to enhance your imaging experience.




QHY165C Camera Specifications




  • CMOS Sensor: Sony IMX080

  • Color or Monochrome: Color

  • Effective Pixels: 4952x3288

  • Imager Size: APS-C Format

  • Pixel Size: 4.8um

  • Shutter: Electric Rolling Shutter

  • Full Well Capacity: 46ke-

  • Readout Type: Progressive Scan

  • Exposure Time Range: 30us - 3600us

  • Max Frame Rate: 10 FPS at Full, 30 FPS at 1920x1080 HD

  • Readout Noise: 3.2e at lowest gain, 2.3e at high gain

  • Output Sample Depth: 12 Bit

  • On Camera Image Buffer: Yes, 128MB DDRII Buffer

  • Cooling: 2-stage TEC, Typical -40 below Ambient, Temperature Regulated

  • Power: USB Powered for camera and +12V powered for TEC

  • Anti Dew Control: Air Connector for removable silicon gel tube. Heat board for optic window of sealed CCD chamber

  • Computer Interface: USB3.0 Super Speed

  • Telescope Interface: M42/0.75 & 2inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter

  • Color Wheel Port: 4PIN QHYCFW2 socket

  • Guide Port: 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port

  • Optic Window: AR+AR

  • Electric Interface: 12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11

  • Software: SharpCAP, ASCOM, EXCAP_QT, and FireCapture

  • Weight: 450g/15.87 ounces
Description
Description

QHY165C Cooled APS-C CMOS Astronomy Camera

The QHY165C is very similar to the QHY168C. The sensor has the same pixel size and array, but the 165C has a 12-Bit Depth instead of 14-bit. This change to the sensor lowers the price significantly.

QHY's 165C is a cooled USB 3.0 color imaging camera with a large 16-megapixel sensor. The 165C sports the Sony IMX080; an APS-C color sensor with a 4952 x 3288 effective array of 4.8um pixels. It has a dynamic range of almost 14 stops and has low readout noise, with 3.2e at lowest gain and 2.3e at high gain. The IMX080 front-illuminated sensor is housed in a sealed chamber that is heated to prevent dew from building up on either the sensor or window.

The QHY165C comes with a two-stage TEC cooling and temperature regulation system that can cool your camera down to as low as -40C below ambient. QHY has also incorporated anti-dew technology into the QHY165C. The CMOS chamber is fully sealed and includes a silicon gel tube socket as well as a heater to help keep both your sensor and the sensor window dry, even on damp nights.

In an effort to avoid halos around bright stars the optical window has an AR+AR coating instead of the traditional IR-Cut window normally offered on one-shot color cameras. There is a trade off in that you will need to provide your own 2" IR-cut filter and mount it on the front of the camera.

The QHY165C allows for true raw image output! When you get the original signal to work with, you have maximum flexibility in the image processing stage of the process. Also, a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer provides a safeguard against unexpected drops in data transmission. A frame buffer avoids lost frames during USB transfer by storing image data in the camera itself until it can be safely transmitted. Buffering will also make sure your video runs more smoothly when using a slower computer that cannot always handle high-speed data well.

The QHY165C camera has an anti-amp light control circuit to reduce amplifier glow significantly. Ports include a 6-pin RJ11 Guide Port and a 4-pin CFW2 Filter Wheel Control Port, allowing you to add an optional autoguider or filter wheel to enhance your imaging experience.

QHY165C Camera Specifications

  • CMOS Sensor: Sony IMX080
  • Color or Monochrome: Color
  • Effective Pixels: 4952x3288
  • Imager Size: APS-C Format
  • Pixel Size: 4.8um
  • Shutter: Electric Rolling Shutter
  • Full Well Capacity: 46ke-
  • Readout Type: Progressive Scan
  • Exposure Time Range: 30us - 3600us
  • Max Frame Rate: 10 FPS at Full, 30 FPS at 1920x1080 HD
  • Readout Noise: 3.2e at lowest gain, 2.3e at high gain
  • Output Sample Depth: 12 Bit
  • On Camera Image Buffer: Yes, 128MB DDRII Buffer
  • Cooling: 2-stage TEC, Typical -40 below Ambient, Temperature Regulated
  • Power: USB Powered for camera and +12V powered for TEC
  • Anti Dew Control: Air Connector for removable silicon gel tube. Heat board for optic window of sealed CCD chamber
  • Computer Interface: USB3.0 Super Speed
  • Telescope Interface: M42/0.75 & 2inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter
  • Color Wheel Port: 4PIN QHYCFW2 socket
  • Guide Port: 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port
  • Optic Window: AR+AR
  • Electric Interface: 12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11
  • Software: SharpCAP, ASCOM, EXCAP_QT, and FireCapture
  • Weight: 450g/15.87 ounces
Specifications
Specifications
Model Number QHY165C
Color or Monochrome Camera? Color
Imaging Camera Series QHY Cooled Color
Camera Sensor Manufacturer Sony
Sensor Model IMX080
Sensor Type CMOS
Pixel Array & Resolution 4952 x 3288 (16.3 MP)
Pixel Size in Microns 4.8
Native Bit Depth 12-Bit
Minimum Exposure 30us
Maximum Exposure 3600sec
Computer Interface USB 3.0
Software Included SharpCAP, ASCOM, EZCAP_QT, FireCapture
Camera Weight (lb.) 15.87 ounces
Warranty 1-2 Years, Depending on Sensor
What's in the Box?
What's in the Box?
  • QHY165C Cooled Camera
  • USB 3.0 cable (1.5m)
  • Self-locking power cable
  • Angle Adjustment Adapter Ring
  • 12V power adapter
  • Drying tube
  • Desiccant
  • Dust Cap
  • M42/2inch adapter (Maximum diameter: 56mm)
  • Driver download card
  • Inspection report
Files
Files
  • QHY165C Camera - Standing
  • QHY165C Camera - Laying Down
  • QHY165C Camera - Bottom
  • QHY165C Camera - Sensor Side
  • QHY APS-C ColdMOS Camera
  • QHY168C Camera in Different Configurations - Attachments Sold Separately
  • Dynamic Range
  • Full Well Capacity
  • Read Out
  • System Gain
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