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QHYCCD QHY163M Cooled Monochrome CMOS Telescope Astrophotography Camera

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The QHYCCD medium size COLDMOS camera series includes all of our cooled cameras with CMOS sensor sizes from 1 inch to Full Frame (35mm Format) and includes BSI (back-illuminated) as well as FSI (front-illuminated) CMOS sensors in both monochrome and color cameras.

Includes a heated optical window to prevent external dew, a desiccant plug socket to help maintain a frost-free CMOS chamber, a 128MB frame buffer, a filter wheel port, and 2-stage TE cooling to reduce the sensor temperature to -35C or -40C below ambient along with temperature regulation to maintain a constant temperature set point.

Due to the efficient TE cooling, single exposures many minutes in duration are possible, making them ideally suited for deep space imaging of dim objects as well as brighter objects and planets. The Horsehead Nebula image on the reverse side is only 3 x 20 minute single-shot color exposures.

This camera uses a Panasonic 4/3-inch sensor. These back-illuminated sensors have even greater sensitivity as well as noise reduction - the key factors to enhancing image quality, while radically realigning their fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination. They retain the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation while dramatically improving sensitivity.


• USB 3.0
• Front-Illuminated and Back-Illuminated Sensors
• Lightweight Compact Design
• Regulated TE Cooling Delta -35C to -40C
• 128 MB DDR Frame Buffer
• ST-4 Compatible Guide Port
• Filter Wheel Port
• Anti-Noise Technology
• Anti-AMP Glow Technology
• Anti-Dew Technology


Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.


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Telescopes Canada reserves the right to cancel an order due to an error in pricing by Telescopes Canada or one of our suppliers, equipment being no longer obtainable, or other events which are out of our control.

Client-Initiated Cancellations

Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.
Model QHY163M (Monochrome)  QHY163C(Color)
Sensor   16Mp  4/3-inch CMOS
AR Coating On Sensor No.  Clear Glass
Pixel Size 3.8um*3.8um
Effective Pixel Area 4656*3522
Effective Pixels 16 Megapixels
Effective Image Area 17.7mm*13.4mm
Fullwell 18ke- to 20ke-
AD Sample Depth 12bit/10bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
Sensor Size Typical 4/3inch
Frame Rate 22.5FPS@16MB Full Resolution
30FPS@4K HD Video   
Readout Noise 2.4e@low gain 1.0e@high gain 
Dark Current TBD
Exposure Time Range 60us-1800sec
Anti-Glow Control Yes
Shutter Type Electric Rolling Shutter
Computer Interface USB 3.0
Built-in Image Buffer 128MByte DDR2 memory
Cooling System Dual Stage TEC cooler(about -40C below ambient)
Anti-Dew Heater Yes
Air-proof Chamber  Yes, with silica gel tube socket
Telescope Interface M42/0.75
Optic Window Type QHY163M: AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating 
QHY163C: IR cut filter 
Weight 442g
Other Port 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port,  4PIN QHYCFW Port.
Power Supply Camera Powered by USB.  The TEC need 12V DC input.

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