QHY168C - 16MP APS-C Cooled Color CMOS Camera

$ 1,499.99

High Performance
QHY168C has a APS-C format 16mega pixels, 14bit CMOS sensor IMX071. This sensor is also used in the D5100 camera. It has 3.2e low readout noise at lowest gain and 2.3e low readout noise at unity gain(system gain = 1e/adu). The QHY168C has a nice dynamic range  close to 14STOPs. Camera measures 105mm L x 90mm W and weighs 1.65 lbs. / 0.75 kg.
 
True RAW Image Output
QHY168C has the same CMOS sensor as is used in Nikon's D5100 DSLR. Although the DSLR has the RAW image output, it is still not all the possible data in the raw output, as you will find the de-noise sign on the raw images from the hot pixels. The QHY168C offers True Raw Image Output to give you all the data collected during imaging which is important when processing the image data.
 
Unique Thermal Noise Reduction Technology
QHYCCD utilizes unique thermal noise control technology with its CMOS sensor to produce excellent low thermal noise performance.
 
 
128MB DDRII Image Buffer
QHY168C has a 128MB DDRII image buffer to help the image cache to avoid the risk of frame loss. The data stores initially in the DDR and then transfers to computer. 
 
Anti-Dew Technology
The Engineering Team of QHYCCD is highly experienced with cooled CCD camera designs. QHYCCD cameras have full anti-dew technology for both CCD sensor surface glass and the optical window. The QHY168C has an electric heating board for the CCD glass windows to prevent dew on the optical window and incorporates a silicon gel tube socket design to control the humidity within the CMOS chamber.
 
AR+AR Optical Window
In order to avoid halos around bright stars. The QHY168C has a AR+AR coating optic window rather than the common IR cut window for OSC color cameras. So you need to use your own IR cut filter (most L filter can do that) on front of the camera. You can install the 2inch filter on the M48 thread of the 2inch T ring. Or  QHYCCD supplies an optonal 2inch filter holder for QHY168C to allow you put this filter when connecting with a flat field corrector.
NOTE: You need to install a 2-inch IR filter (L filter) on front of the camera to cut off the IR light. Normally the 2-inch filter can be install on the M48 thread of the 2-inch T ring. But in the case that you do not use the 2-inch T ring, QHYCCD has an optional 2-inch filter holder. You can put the IR filter into this holder and this holder has a M54 female thread to allow you connect your system like the flat-field corrector etc.
QHY168C Specification
CMOS Sensor
IMX071 COLOR CMOS SENSOR
Effective Pixels
4952*3288,  16mega pixel
Pixel Size
4.8um*4.8um
Shutter
Electric Rolling Shutter
Readout Type
Progressive Scan
Imager Size
APS-C Format
ADC Output Bit
14BIT (14BIT/8BIT OUTPUT)
Exposure Time
30us-3600sec
Max Frame Rate
10FPS@Full Reslution      30FPS@1920*1080 HD
15FPS@4096*2160 4K video
32FPS@1024 line
42FPS@768 line
54FPS@600 line
130FPS@240 line
Full Well
46ke-
Readout Noise
3.2e-@Lowest Gain  2.3e-@High Analog Gain
Amplifer Glow Control
Yes.  There is no visible amplifer glow on dark image
Cooling System
2-stage TEC    -35C below Ambient
Optic Window
AR+AR optic window
Support Software
SharpCAP,ASCOM,EZCAP_QT,FireCapture
Reference Price
USD1499 (this is the price with no tax and ship cost included)
Document Download
Manual
FAQ
Windows Driver and Software Download
Camera Driver
Update Check
N/A
SharpCap
SharpCap Patch
EZCAP_QT
ASCOM Capture
ASCOM Guide
ASCOM Platform
N/A
NativeWDM Driver
BroadCast Driver
PHD2Guiding
N/A
Mac Driver and Software Download
EZCAP_QT
N/A
N/A
Driver and Software Cloud Drive Download
QHY168C Performance
 It is very important to understand the "unity gain" concept for CMOS Camera and select the suitable gain for capturing. The unity gain is the gain position that the system gain is 1e/ADU. Lower than gain setting, the system gain will exceed 1e/ADU and this will cause the sample noise. The QHY168C unity gain setting is 10.
For DSO capture. There is two capture method. One is the traditional long exposure DSO capture, another is the 'Lucky Imaging' method with short exposure and high quantity stacking. For a long exposure, you can use the lower gain to avoid the image get saturated. For 'Lucky Imaging' you need to use high gain to reduce the readout noise and avoid the sample noise.
Multiple Mechanical Setup of QHY168C 
You can install the QHY168C on different OTA/Camera lens with the standard or optional accessories that QHYCCD designed. 
QHY168C Connection Combination Table Part - 1
Camera body
only
Camera 
connected with M54/0.75 female adapter
Camera
connected 
with 2 inch 
to T adapter
Camera connected with 
QHYOAG-M and 2inch Tring
Camera 
with 2inch filter holder for flat field corrector solution
Camera 
connected with 
QHYOAG-M,2inch filter holder and flat field corrector soluiton
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
020087 *
(0.5~13.5)
020087 *
(0.5~13.5)
010094
(10)
010094
(10)
In Standard Pakcage
In Standard Pakcage
In Standard Pakcage
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part
2 inch infrared
filter can be installed on the 2 inch to T adapter (M48 thread)
* This part can be either used or not used
** 2 inch infrared filter can be installed on the 2 inch to T adapter (M48 thread)
2 inch infrared filter can be installed on the position marked with *
* This part can be either used or not used
** 2 inch infrared filter can be installed on the position marked with 
The values in the brackets are the increment in the back focal length. To add these values together, you will get the back focal length. The six-figure numbers are the unique serial numbers for QHYCCD accessories. You can find the details of this part from Mechanical Part Order List
QHY168C Connection Combination Table Part - 2
QHY168C
CANON LENS
QHY168C
NIKON LENS
100099
(18±0.5)
100099
(18±0.5)
020087
(0.5~13.5)
020087
(0.5~13.5)
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part
* The two inch infrared filter can be installed on the position 
* The two inch infrared filter can be installed on the position 
The values in the brackets are the increment in the back focal length. To add these values together, you will get the back focal length. The six-figure numbers are the unique serial numbers for QHYCCD accessories. You can find the details of this part from Mechanical Part Order List