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QHY163M + QHYCFW3M-US COMBO (7x36mm)

QHY CCD QHY163M, Cooled USB 3.0 Planetary and Deep Sky COLDMOS Camera
The QHY163M/C camera is an incredible value.  It uses a relatively large 4/3inch, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, available in both monochrome and color.  The QHY163M/C has exceptionally low readout noise (as low as 1 electron!), low dark current and two-stage cooling capable of reducing the sensor temperature to -40C below ambient.  The sensor chamber is sealed and the optical window is heated to prevent dew.  The camera's interface is USB 3.0 and delivers 23FPS@16 megapixel full resolution output, 30FPS@4K HD video output.
128MB DDR Buffer
The QHY163 has a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer. The benefit of the image buffer is that the memory will cache the image and transfer it to the computer when the USB interface is not busy or being interrupted, and the frame will not be lost or corrupted.  This buffer also allows a slower computer with USB 2.0 socket to capture every frame without loss even if the USB socket is occasionally busy with other peripherals.  This buffer also helps multiple camera applications and avoids USB transfer problems.  For example, it is possible to operate four QHY163M cameras on the same computer to create an LRGB imaging array.
Full Anti-Dew Solution
With more than a decade of experience designing cooled cameras, QHYCCD has applied this knowledge to the QHY163 camera.  The full anti-dew technology includes a sealed CMOS chamber with silicon gel tube socket and a heated chamber optical window.  This technology prevents dew from forming on the sensor itself, or on the chamber window, even in a high humidity environment.
QHY163M/C Camera Specification
CMOS Sensor
4/3 inch 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor (Color/Mono)
Effective Pixels
4656 x 3522
Pixel Size
3.8um x 3.8um
Effective Area
17.7mm x 13.4mm
Electronic Rolling Shutter.
18-20ke Typical
Readout Noise
2.4e@low gain    1e@high gain
System Gain
Unity Gain
Frame Rate (on 8bit)
22.5FPS@16MP, 30FPS@4K HD Video   
57FPS@1920*1080, 60FPS@1280*1024
80FPS@1024*768, 100fps@800*600
ROI Support
Yes. Any Area ROI
Exposure Time
50us - 1800 sec
AD Sample Depth
10-bit/12-bit (8-bit/12-bit output)
In Camera Image Buffer
Yes, 128MB DDRII Buffer
2-stage TEC, -40C below Ambient, typical.
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
Computer Interface
USB 3.0 Super Speed
Telescope Interface
M42/0.75 & 2-inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter
Color Wheel Port
4-pin QHYCFW2 socket
Guide Port
6-pin RJ11 Guide Port
Optic Window
AR+AR (Mono)    IR+AR(Color)
Power consumption
QHY163 Electric Interface
12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11



Tech Specs:
  • Model: QHYCFW3M-US
  • Filter Wheel Thickness:17mm
  • Disc Supported: 5 Position 2" & 5 Position 50mm Round & 7 Position 36mm
  • Maximum Filter Thickness: 5.5mm
  • Weight: 691 grams

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