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QHY 174C Color Cooled Astronomy Camera - QHY174C
QHY174C Cooled CMOS Astronomy Camera
The QHY174C is a cooled USB 3.0 color imaging camera that is great for both planetary and deep sky. The 174C sports a 2.3 MP Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor made up of 5.86um pixels. The IMX174 is housed in a sealed chamber that is heated to prevent dew from building up on the sensor or window. This ColdMOS, or cooled CMOS sensor has an effective pixel array of 1920 x 1200 in a 1-1.2 inch format, and high quantum efficiency of 78%.
The QHY174C 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 QHY174. 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.
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 QHY174C 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.
QHY174C Camera Specifications
- CMOS Sensor: 1-1.2 inch 2.3 megapixel CMOS Sensor
- Color or Monochrome: Color
- Effective Pixels: 1920 x 1200
- Pixel Size: 5.85um x 5.86um
- Effective Area: 11.25mm x 7.03mm
- Shutter: Electric Rolling Shutter
- Full Well Capacity: >32ke
- Output Sample Depth: 8bit/12bit
- 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: IR+AR
- Weight: 450g/15.87 ounces
- Electric Interface: 12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11