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QHYCCD QHY183C Cooled Color CMOS Telescope Astrophotography Camera

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SALE: Buy one QHY183M mono camera and add a QHY183C one-shot colour camera for 50% off

The QHY183C is a one-inch, 20 Megapixel back-illuminated color CMOS Astrophotography Camera.  The pixel size is 2.4um, yielding high-resolution with modest size telescopes.  The camera is capable of producing 15FPS@20 Megapixels.  It has a two-stage TEC that cools the sensor to -40C to -45C below ambient.  The ADC is 12-bit / 16-bit with 1e- read noise!  The computer interface is USB 3.0 and exposure times can be set from 50us to 3600sec.

Sony's Image Sensor Exmor R is a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with improved sensitivity and noise reduction - the key factors to enhancing image quality, while radically realigning their fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination. It retains the advantages of CMOS image high-speed operation while dramatically improving sensitivity.

The QHY183C has a 128MB DDR Memory Buffer.  A QHY183C 16-bit image is about 40MB, so 128MB of memory can easily buffer a full frame for transfer to the computer using QHY183C software with native single-frame shooting function, instead of intercepting a frame from a continuous video transmission.  This makes data transfer to the computer stable and reliable because there is no USB bandwidth or busy CPU problems.

The QHY183C utilizes the Anti-Dew features common to the QHY COLDMOS cameras.  A heated optical window prevents exterior dew from forming, and the CMOS chamber has a desiccant plug socket to prevent moisture from forming on the sensor at cold temperatures.

The QHY183C incorporates QHY’s Anti-AMP Glow technology to significantly reduce typical CMOS amplifier glow to a minimum, allowing excellent calibration by subtracting a dark frame.

What's in the Box

  • QHY183C camera
  • USB 3.0 cable(1.5m)
  • Self-locking power cable
  • 6-pin guide cable
  • Car power adapter
  • Drying tube
  • Desiccant
  • M42/2" adaptor(Maximum diameter: 56mm)
  • Driver download card
  • Inspection report



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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Model QHY183M Monochrome / QHY183C Color
Sensor SONY IMX183 Back-Illuminated CMOS
AR Coating On Sensor Yes
Pixel Size 2.4um x .4um
Effective Pixel Area 5544 x 3694
Effective Pixels 20 mega 
Effective Image Area 13.3mm x 8.87mm
Full well 15.5ke-
Peak QE 84% (Monochrome)
AD Sample Depth 12bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
Sensor Size Typical 4/3inch
Full Frame Rate Full Resolution 19FPS
ROI Frame Rate 4096 x 2160 4K HD Video 31FPS
Readout Noise 2.7e-@lowest gain   1.0e@high gain
Dark Current 0.0024e/pixel/sec @ -15C
Exposure Time Range 50us-3600sec
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 (-40C below ambient)
Anti-Dew Heater Yes
Telescope Interface M42/0.75
Optic Window Type AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating (For color camera user need to add a UV/IR filter in the light path)
Back Focal Length see the setup combination table in the bottom of this page
Weight 650g

Questions & Answers

  • I have just ordered this camera but not sure what time of adaptors it comes with

    The QHY183C comes with:

    • QHY183C camera
    • USB 3.0 cable(1.5m)
    • Self-locking power cable
    • 6-pin guide cable
    • Car power adapter
    • Drying tube
    • Desiccant
    • M42/2" adaptor(Maximum diameter: 56mm)
    • Driver download card
    • Inspection report