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QHY CCD QHY5-III-178-M, 6.0 Megapixel, 50FPS, High-resolution Back-illuminated CMOS Camera, Monochrome



QHY CCD QHY5-III-178-M, 6.0 Megapixel, 50FPS, High-resolution Back-illuminated CMOS Camera, Monochrome

QHY5III178 uses the new 6.0 Megapixel IMX178 STARVIS Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Available in both color and monochrome. With its small 2.4um pixels and 1/1.8-inch sensor size, the monochrome QHY5III178M is a superb guiding camera due to its advantages in resolution and wide FOV, plus its extraordinary sensitivity due to the STARVIS Exmore sensor.  (Starvis is Sony's designation for sensors that can record dim stars in real time video).

The QHY5III178 has the highest resolution in the new QHY5III series.  This sensor has small 2.4um pixels and a 1/1.8-inch sensor that can be used for high-precison guiding data with a good FOV for easily finding guide stars. The camera is designed to be a wide FOV autoguider, high-resolution planetary camera, and entery level deep sky camera.  It is available in both mono and color versions. 
 
For deep sky imaging, the QHY5III178 uses our proprietary anti-amp glow control function that reduces amplifer glow significantly.
 
The QHY5III178 sensor is Sony's StarVis BSI image sensor. STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporation. BSI means the sensor is Back Side Illuminated  which dramatically increases the sensor's sensitivity and produces high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions.
 
QHY5III178 Specification
Sensor
Sony IMX178 Exmor CMOS sensor (Mono/Color)
Imager Size
Typical 1/1.8-inch
Effective Pixels
3072 x 2048  6 Megapixels
Effective Area
7.37mm x 4.91mm
Pixel Size
2.4um x 2.4um
Readout Type
Progressive Scan
FullWell
15ke-
Readout Noise
2.4e - 0.9e
Anti-amplight Control
Yes (Reduces amp glow significantly)
Shutter
Electronic Shutter
Max Frame Rate
50FPS @full resolution  100FPs@1528x1024    190FPS@764x512
ADC Sample Depth
10/14-bit,  Output  8-bit/14-bit 
Exposure Time
9us - 1200sec
Pixel Binning
1x1, 2x2
MicroLens
Yes, on-chip microlens array
Peak QE
TBD
Guide Port
Yes, 5-pin Lemo aviation socket
Back Focal
Approx. 11mm
Camera Size
1.25-inch Eyepiece Size (D=31.6mm)
Optic Window
AR+AR(Mono)  AR+IR cut 680nm (Color)
Support Software
ASCOM, SharpCAP
Weight
86g (Mono ) / 87g (Color)
Items included in standard package
QHY5III178 camera. Confocal ring. 1.5meter USB3.0 cable. 1.5meter 5pin lemo to RJ11 guide cable. (does not include the 50mm, F/1.4 lens)
 
The unique QHYCCD design retains the 1.25-inch eyepiece design of the QHY5-II but adds features for improved thermal efficiency. The advantage of this design is better transfer of heat to the outer case enabling lower noise especially in high ambient temperatures.  The 1.25-inch design also offers the shortest possible backfocus, making the camera ideal for off-axis guiding.  In addition, the QHY5III178 uses the more robust LEMO style connector for the guide port.  These connectors are known for being both rugged and reliable connectors.
IMX174 Exmor CMOS Sensor

High Quality 5pin Lemo Guide Socket 

The QHY5-III series cameras are USB3.0 super-speed cameras and guiders.  They can be used in a standard 1.25-inch eyepiece holder and have an adjustable location ring for confocality with an eyepiece. All QHY5-III series cameras come in a very small but powerful package!

 The QHY5-III series employs an advanced thermal design. The heat generated by the CMOS sensor is transferred externally to the telescope's eyepiece tube. Additional heat is transferred to a heat sink on the location ring and cooled by outside air.

 Software support includes: EZPlanetary, SharpCAP, FireCapture, Native WDM, BroadCast WDM and ASCOM.

 


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