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QHYCCD Q10-C Cooled Color 10MP CCD Telescope Astrophotography Camera

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The QHY10 is an APS-C size cooled single shot CCD Astrophotography Camera using SONY's ICX493AQA sensor.  It has 10 Megapixels with a pixel size of 6.05 x 6.05um.

 The QHY10 has two-stage thermoelectric cooling that reduces the temperature of the CCD to -40C below ambient.  The combination of QHYCCD cooling technology and SONY SuperHAD low dark current technology results in an exceptionally clean, low noise image, even in a very long exposure.
In addition to the very low thermal noise of Sony's SuperHAD technology, this sensor has a high full well capacity.  Even with high resolution 6.05um square pixels, it has a 45ke- full well.  This is almost double that of the ICX413 with 7.8um square pixels, and almost double that of the KAF-8300 color sensor with 5.4um square pixels. The high full well capacity yields a higher dynamic range allowing a longer exposure time without signal saturation.  This yields better colors and smaller star points. 
The QHY10 comes with a clip for USB and power cables to help keep solid connections and avoid conditions that result in loss of contact. 
QHYCCD adjusted the price of the QHY10 at the beginning of 2014.  Compared to other cameras using the KAF-8300C, the QHY10 has a larger sensor, larger pixel size, more pixels, greater full well capacity (dynamic range), lower thermal noise, lower read noise, and smaller body size.  It has an electronic shutter and 2-stage TE cooling.  If you are considering an 8300 color camera, the QHY10-C is an excellent choice.

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CCD Sensor ICX493
Pixel Size 6.05um*6.05um
Resolution 3900*2626
Effective Pixels 10 mega
Effective Image Area  
AD Sample Depth 16bit
Readout noise 8-10e- @600kpixel/s
System Gain @ Lowest Gain 0.7e-/ADU
Full Well 45ke-
Download Speed 18sec@low readout speed
4sec @high readout speed
Preview Speed 1sec for 4*4 binning image
Anti-Blooming -100dB
Sensor Size APS-C
Readout Mode Two Frame Readout CCD
Color/Monochrome Color Only
Back Focal Length 20mm(±0.5)
Power Consumption 13watt under 50% TEC power. 27watt under 100% TEC power
Cooling System Dual Stage TEC
Max Delta T -40C below ambient
Power Supply With DC201 power adapter, which is 12V in
Guide Port Yes, 6pin RJ11 guide port
Camera Interface M42/0.75 Female thread / 2inch faster installer
Weight 400g

Questions & Answers

  • How sensitive is the QHY10C imaging chip compared to the old QHY8 (2008-the one that looked like a square box) imaging chip?

    The QE of both cameras is about 60% for green light, and 50% for both blue and red.