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QHY5III462C Camera and Expansion Kit

QHY5III462C Camera and Expansion Kit

(1 customer review)


The QHY5III462C Camera and Expansion Kit contains all the items in the standard kit plus a quality Methane (CH4) filter and All Sky Lens.
The most useful and exciting new camera in years and the perfect “All in One Camera” for Planetary, Guiding, Near IR and basic Deep Sky use.
Uses the IMX462 sensor in the SeeStar S50 All-in-One Smart APO Refractor!


The QHY5III462C Camera and Expansion Kit contains all the items in the standard kit plus a quality Methane (CH4) filter and All Sky Lens.

List of contents:

  • QHY QHY5III462 USB 3.0 CMOS Colour Imaging Camera in storage tin
  • 1.25″ UV/IR Cut Filter
  • 1.25″ IR850 Filter
  • USB Cable
  • Guide Cable
  • Focus Locking Ring
  • C-Mount Adapter
  • Wide Angle All-Sky Lens
  • CS Mount Lens Adapter

Superb NIR response – High QE 800-1000nm

Monochrome at NIR

The QHY5III462C Camera and Expansion Kit uses Sony’s latest generation IMX462 back-illuminated sensor with extended red and near infrared response. It has nearly double the red and NIR sensitivity as previous generation BSI sensors and even greater sensitivity compared to front illuminated sensors. Because the RGB filters become transparent at NIR wavelengths, the camera captures RGB colour images in visible light and monochrome images in NIR.

Super High Conversion Gain – Boosts Low Light Sensitivity

0.5e- Read Noise!

Sony’s new sHCG (Super High Conversion Gain) technology produces a higher voltage from fewer photons resulting in greater sensitivity even at very low levels of light. With sHCG technology, even in visible light, the QHY5III462C has higher sensitivity than the back-illuminated IMX290 based cameras.

High Frame Rate – 135FPS

To produce the highest detail with the greatest dynamic range, many planetary imagers prefer to capture hundreds or thousands of images in as short a time as possible and then process the results into one final combined image. This requires high sensitivity for short exposures and low read noise for combining multiple images. The QHY5III462C will output 135 frames per second at full resolution. With its exceptionally high QE and extraordinarily low (0.5e-) read noise, it is the perfect camera for planetary imaging.

Filters for Visible and IR Imaging – IR850 for NIR, UV-IR for Colour

The QHY5III462C comes with two free 1.25-inch filters. The IR850 filter is a long wavelength pass filter that allows wavelengths > 850nm to pass through. The UV/IR filter passes visible light and blocks the NIR. With these two filters you can capture both RGB colour images and NIR monochrome images with the same camera. At NIR wavelengths, the RGB filters become transparent and the camera behaves like a monochrome IR camera.

Best for Beginners – Reasonable price, Multiple functions

IR850 Filter

Special for NIR photography or monochrome shots

IR/Cut Filter

For normal astrophotography when using 462C as colour camera.

IR890 CH4 filter

In Expansion Kit–CH4 filter is useful for Saturn and Jupiter imaging.

1 review

  1. Adrian Gray (verified owner)

    I was pleased with the very fast delivery. I bought this camera for both planetary and guiding. Until the planets appear at a more reasonable hour of the night, this review is only for guiding. In PHD2 with my TS 80mm guider/finder scope on my SW 200pds, this camera is superb, it’s sensitivity means there is always a number of stars available for guiding and I regularly get a total RMS of around 0.4-0.9″. I can’t wait to try this out on the planets, so I will return and continue the review soon.

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