QHY163M Mono – Cooled USB3.0 Planetary / Deep Sky ColdMOS camera
4/3inch, 16mega pixel CMOS sensor camera, available in both Mono and colour versions. USB3.0 interface, 23FPS@16mega pixel full resolution output and 30FPS@4K HD video output.
The QHY163 has very low readout noise, an 8/12bit ADC and two stage cooling (typical delta T 40 below ambient). A sealed sensor chamber and heated window prevent dew formation.
128MB DDRII Buffer
You don’t want to lose hard earned frames so the QHY163 has a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer. This buffer assists in the transfer of large images and ensures smooth running on low speed computers or with a USB2.0 port.
Full Anti-Dew Solution
With more than ten years experience in cooled CCD camera design. QHYCCD has deployed full anti-dew technology to the QHY163M including a sealed sensor chamber with a silicon gel tube socket and window heater. With these technologies you do not need to worry about dew forming on the sensor or optical window, even in a high humidity environment.
QHY163M/C Camera Specification
4/3inch 16mega pixel CMOS Sensor (Color/Mono)
Electric Rolling Shutter.
2.4e@low gain 1e@high gain
Frame Rate (on 8bit)
22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution
30FPS@4K HD Video
Yes. Any Area ROI
AD Sample Depth
10bit/12bit (8bit/12bit output)
On Camera Image Buffer
Yes, 128MB DDRII Buffer
2-stage TEC, Typically 40 below Ambient. Temperature Regulated
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 airproof CCD chamber
USB3.0 Super Speed
T Thread with 2 inch adapter, optional C-mount adapter
Filter Wheel Port
4PIN QHYCFW2 socket
6PIN RJ11 Guide Port
AR (Mono) or IR (Colour)
QHY163 Electrical Interfaces
12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11
With high resolution, high frame rates and super low readout noise. QHY163M is a powerful camera for video meteor capture. Here are some demo pictures taken with QHY163M and 16mm F1.8 4/3 inch lens. Please navigate to this page, to view more videos.
Here’s some discussion of the first light of QHY163M by our beta tester on cloudynights, which includes some DSO images and readout noise/system gain and full well test data
NGC7000, 6x10minutes Ha,6x10minutes OIII, 3x8x2 minutes, QHY163M TS Photoline 130mm refractor, 0.79 focal reductor EQ6 mount. Captured by Lukasz_Socha,Poland
NGC6940, 30minutes L, 3x15minutes RGB, QHY163M TS Photoline 130mm refractor, EQ6 mount. Captured by Lukasz_Socha,Poland
A very faint Object SH2-224 capture by David. QHY163M,WO FLT-98, gain 9 and offset 30, 62 frames of 8 min
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