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QHYCCD QHY168C Cooled Color 16 Megapixel CMOS Telescope Astrophotography Camera

Estimated Delivery: 7-18 Days (Pre-Order)
Camera
QHYCCD
QHY168C
The QHY168C uses an APS-C format, 16 Megapixel, 14-bit CMOS sensor, the Sony IMX071. This sensor is also used in the Nikon D5100 camera. It has 3.2e- read noise at lowest gain and 2.3e- read noise...
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The QHY168C uses an APS-C format, 16 Megapixel, 14-bit CMOS sensor, the Sony IMX071. This sensor is also used in the Nikon D5100 camera. It has 3.2e- read noise at lowest gain and 2.3e- read noise at unity gain (system gain = 1e/ADU). The QHY168C also has a nice dynamic range close to 14 stops.

True RAW Image Output

While the QHY168C has the same CMOS sensor as the D5100, unlike the consumer camera the QHY168C offers True RAW Image output. In the DSLR implementation there is a RAW image output, but typically it is not completely RAW. Some evidence of noise reduction and hot pixel removal is still visible on close inspection. However, the QHY168C offers TRUE RAW IMAGE OUTPUT and produces an image comprised of the original signal only, thereby maintaining the maximum flexibility for post-acquisition astronomical image processing programs.

Unique Thermal Noise Reduction Technology

In addition to efficient 2-stage thermoelectric cooling, QHYCCD employs a unique thermal noise control technology to reduce CMOS sensor noise to a very low value without affecting the integrity of the raw image. This proprietary technology can be found to improve noise performance across the whole 165/168/247/367 product line, producing much better noise reduction than any competing camera model.

Zero Amplifier Glow

QHY168C has zero amplifier glow no matter how long the exposure time.

128MB DDRII Image Buffer

QHY367C has 128MB DDRII image buffer to cache the image and avoid the risk of a frame loss. The image data is stored in the DDR immediately after acquisition and then transferred to computer from the memory buffer. This avoids problems of a busy USB port when there are other peripherals using the same port as the camera.

Anti-Dew Technology

QHYCCD has more than 10 years of experience designing cooled cameras. The QHY168C receives the benefit of that decade of design work by featuring full anti-dew technology for both CCD sensor cover glass and the sensor chamber optical window. The QHY168C has an electric heating board for the chamber window to prevent the formation of dew and the sensor itself is kept dry with our silicon gel tube socket design for control of humidity within the sensor chamber.

AR+AR Optical Window

In order to avoid halos around bright stars the QHY168C has a AR+AR coated optical window rather than the common IR cut window for Single-Shot Color cameras. This permits full access to the red wavelength of H-alpha and SII without attenuation by the window coating. For RGB color balance, without passing the near IR wavelengths above 700nm, a separate removable 2-inch UV/IR filter with the desirable band pass characteristics is placed in a custom filter holder in front of the camera.

* Each camera is carefully calibrated at the factory with a high-precision axis measurement device. Orthogonal placement of the sensor is guaranteed to be flat to the image plane to better than +/-20um across the sensor from edge to edge, so there is no need to adjust for camera tilt absent mechanical errors elsewhere in the image train.

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.

Shipping

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Typographical Errors and Order Cancellations

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 QHY168C
Sensor    SONY IMX071 APS-C CMOS
Pixel Size 4.8um*4.8um
AR Coating On Sensor No. Clear Glass
Effective Pixel Area 4952*3288
Effective Pixels 16 Megapixels
Effective Image Area 23.76mm*15.78mm
Fullwell 46ke-
AD Sample Depth 14-bit (output as 16-bit and 8-bit)
Sensor Size APS-C Format
Frame Rate 10FPS@Full Resolution
15FPS@4096*2160 4K video
30FPS@1920*1080 HD
32FPS@1024 line
42FPS@768 line
54FPS@600 line
130FPS@240 line
Readout Noise 3.2e-@Lowest Gain  2.3e-@High Analog Gain
Exposure Time Range 30us-3600sec
Anti-Glow Control Yes , Zero Glow
Shutter Type Electric Rolling Shutter
Computer Interface USB 3.0
Built-in Image Buffer 128MByte DDR2 memory
Cooling System Dual Stage TEC cooler(-35C below ambient)
Anti-Dew Heater Yes
Telescope Interface M54/0.75 female thread on the fast installer/center adjust ring
Optic Window Type AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating (Color camera users add UV/IR for color balance)
Back Focal Length 18mm±0.5 
Weight 700g