QHY 8PRO Cooled Color Astronomy Camera with USB 2.0 # QHY8PRO-C

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QHY 8PRO Cooled Color Astronomy Camera with USB 2.0 # QHY8PRO-C

Quick Overview

  • One-shot color astronomy camera with 6 Megapixel APS-C Sony ICX453AQ sensor with progressive scan readout for fast-moving objects or objects that change quickly during exposure
  • Low thermal noise and low read noise clean high-resolution color images
  • Two-stage cooling keeps sensor temperature as much as 40C below ambient to reduce thermal noise further, even in warm conditions
  • Slim body with 63mm diameter and black matte finish ideal for Hyperstar configurations

Product Details

1. Cooled One-Shot Color Astronomy Camera for Deep-Sky Imaging

The QHY8PRO is a 6 Megapixel one-shot color camera. It’s similar to the QHY8L color camera, but it uses the ICX453AQ Super HAD CCD sensor that reads out the image via progressive scan as opposed to the interlaced readout of the QHY8L sensor. 

When shooting still images, there is no discernible performance difference between the QHY8L and QHY8PRO. Sensitivity and color are essentially the same. However, if you are shooting a fast-moving object, or if the object changes significantly during the exposure process, it is recommended to use QHY8PRO as its progressive scan will render such objects more uniformly than the QHY8L-C.

The ICX453AQ is a solid-state imaging sensor with a 28.4mm diagonal array of large 7.8um pixels. The sensor achieves high sensitivity and low dark current through the adoption of R, G, and B primary color mosaic filters and HAS (Hole Accumulation Diode) sensors.

The QHY8PRO also has very low read noise, typically 6 to 10e-. In a dark site it offers the user a simple and easy way to capture deep sky objects in full color without the need, complexity and cost of RGB filters and filter wheel.  Image processing can likewise be simplified compared to separate processing and combining of LRGB frames.

2. Two-Stage Cooling for Low Noise and Purged Chamber to Keep Sensor Dry

SONY's CCD sensors are famous for their low thermal noise, and the effect of this noise is further reduced in the QHY8PRO with two-stage TEC cooling and thermal construction design.  The QHY8L has the cooling capability of -40C below ambient. This results in the production of very clean images even in exposures of 30 minutes to one hour.

The line clamp on the camera helps maintain cables, and the drying tube is used to purge the CCD chamber of moisture that might develop over long term use of the camera.

3. Classic Narrow-Profile Design Ideal for Hyperstar Configurations

The QHY8PRO camera body has a diameter of only 63mm only, making it ideally suited for Hyperstar imaging.  It also comes with a cable clip for solid connections.  You do not need to worry about contact problems with the USB cable or power cable. The cameras are all equipped a standard RJ11 guiding port compatible with a majority of mounts.

The outer camera body finish is matte black to avoid reflection when used in Hyperstar configurations.

Manufacturer QHYCCD
  • Model: QHY8PRO
  • Sensor: SONY ICX453AQ CCD
  • Pixel Size: 7.8um*7.8um
  • Resolution: 3110*2030
  • Effective Pixels: 6.3 Megapixels
  • AD Sample Depth: 16-bit
  • Readout noise: 6-10e-
  • Fullwell: 25ke-
  • Anti-Blooming: -110dB
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Readout Mode: Progressive Scan CCD
  • Power Consumption: 13 watts under 50% TEC power. 27 watts at 100% TEC power
  • Cooling System: Dual Stage TEC
  • Max Delta T: -40C below ambient
  • Power Supply: DC201 power adapter, 12V
  • Guide Port: Yes, 6pin RJ11 guide port
  • Camera Interface: M42/0.75 Female thread / 2inch faster installer
  • Color/Monochrome: Color Only
  • Back Focal Length: 20mm(±0.5)
  • Weight: 400g