QHY Minicam 5F Cooled Monochrome Astronomy Camera with Filter Wheel and 5 Filters (LRGB + Dark Frame) # MINICAM5F

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QHY Minicam 5F Cooled Monochrome Astronomy Camera with Filter Wheel and 5 Filters (LRGB + Dark Frame) # MINICAM5F

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  • QHY MiniCam5F Monochrome CMOS Camera for imaging planets, deep-sky, and autoguiding features a 1.2-megapixel Aptina MT9M034 CMOS monochrome sensor with 3.75 µm square pixels with low read noise and 74% QE
  • Includes built-in 9-position filter wheel and LRGB filter set and black filter for taking dark frames
  • Regulated two-stage TEC cooling as much as -38ºC below ambient
  • Multi-coated, broadband anti-reflection coatings on the chamber window to reduce reflections.
  • Additional small aperture 12mm-diamter narrowband filters for deep-sky and planetary imaging sold separately

Product Details

1. Cooled miniCAM with Nine-Position Filter Wheel

The miniCAM5F is a revolutionary product launched by QHYCCD. The 1/3-inch CMOS sensor used in this camera has an Aptina MT9M034 CMOS monochrome sensor 1.2 Megapixels (1280 x 960) at 3.75um. This sensor has nearly 75% QE and read noise as low as 2e-. The 2-stage cooling and temperature control system reduce the sensor temperature -38 degrees C below ambient, reducing thermal noise and producing a clean background making the camera suitable for both planetary and deep space imaging.

2. High QE and Low Read Noise

The 1.2 Megapixel, 1/3-inch CMOS chip used in this camera has a 1280 x 960 array at 3.75um. Its high 75% QE is complimented by its low 2e- read noise making it suitable for planets as well as deep space.

3. Two-Stage Thermoelectric Cooling

The dual stage TE cooling is the same system we use on our most expensive cameras. This reduces the temperature of the sensor -38 degrees C below ambient resulting in lower noise in the image, even in long exposures taken on warm summer nights.

4. LRGB Filters Included (with room for more)

Filters can be a high expense item in astronomical imaging. With many other cameras, you need to invest in both a filter wheel and the LRGB and Narrowband filters for a complete system. However, this version of the revolutionary miniCAM5F includes a TE-cooled camera, 9-position built-in filter wheel, LRGB filters and a black filter for taking dark frames!

5. Multi-Spectrum Versatility

The nine-slot built-in filter wheel makes the miniCAM5F capable of imaging in multiple broad and narrow bands. Not only can the camera be loaded with LRGB filters, but also with Ha, SII and OIII for narrowband imaging and Methane and UV filters for Venus' atmosphere as well as Jupiter, Saturn, and others.

Additional small 12mm filters from QHY such as H-alpha, OIII, SII, Hb and methane filters used by this system are available at a very affordable cost. A black filter is also available for taking dark frames. These filters are sold separately.

Manufacturer QHYCCD
  • Model: miniCAM5F-M
  • Sensor: MT9M034 CMOS
  • Pixel Size: 3.75um
  • Resolution: 1280*960
  • Effective Pixels: 1.2 Megapixels
  • Sensor Size: 1/3-inch optical format
  • Readout Type: Progressive scan
  • Shutter Type: Electronic
  • Pixel Binning: 1*1, 2*2
  • Readout Clock: 48MHz/72MHz
  • Readout Noise: High Gain 2e-    Medium Gain 4e-    Low Gain 7e-
  • Fullwell: 18ke-
  • Optic Window: High Quality Multiple Layer AR Coating
  • Cooler: Dual Stage TEC
  • Max Delta T: -38C below Ambient
  • Max Frame Rate: 30FPS@1280*960   106FPS@ 640*480
  • QE: 74%
  • AD Sample Depth: 12-bit
  • Monochrome : Yes, miniCAM5F-M
  • Comptuuer Interface: USB2.0
  • Telescope Interface: 1.25", CS-Mount
  • Filter wheel : Build in motor driven 9 position 12mm CFW
  • Weight: 385g