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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
Shutter
Electronic Rolling Shutter.
FullWell
18-20ke Typical
QE
TBD
Readout Noise
2.4e@low gain    1e@high gain
System Gain
TBD
Unity Gain
TBD
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


Cooling
2-stage TEC, -40C below Ambient, typical.
Temperature Regulated
Power
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
TBD
Weight
450g
QHY163 Electric Interface
12V input with lock, USB3.0 socket, 4PIN QHYCFW, 6PIN RJ11
Reference Price (Not include tax)
QHY163M       USD1259  
QHY163C       USD999

With its high-resolution, high-speed frame rate and the extraordinary low readout noise, the QHY163M is a powerful camera for meteor video imaging. The link below shows sample images taken with QHY163M and 16mm F/1.8, 4/3-inch industrial lens. 

QHY163M for High Resolution Meteor Capture









Here is a first light beta test report of the QHY163M on CloudyNights Forum, including some DSO images and test data of the system read noise, gain, and full well capacity. 
QHY163M DSO First Light









NGC7000, 6x10 min H-a, 6x10 min OIII, 3x8x2 min, QHY163M TS Photoline 130mm refractor, 0.79 focal reductor EQ6 mount. Captured by Lukasz_Socha,Poland









NGC6940, 30minutes L, 3x15minutes RGB, QHY163M TS Photoline 130mm refractor, EQ6 mount. Captured by Lukasz_Socha,Poland









A very faint Object SH2-224 captured by David. QHY163M, WO FLT-98, gain 9 and offset 30, 62 frames of 8 min









M42 - 36x180sec, 16x30sec Luminance filter, Gain=5, Offset=35d, by David with FSQ106EDXIII. Click to see larger image









Windows Driver and Software Download
Camera Driver
Update Check
N/A
SharpCap
SharpCap Patch
EZCAP_QT
AScome3InOne

Ascom guide, Ascom Capture, and Ascom 2st are all packaged into one driver called AScome3InOne, which means after you finished installing this driver, Ascom guide, Ascom Capture, and Ascom 2st would be installed on your computer.
ASCOM Platform
N/A
NativeWDM Driver
BroadCast Driver
PHD2Guiding
N/A
Mac Driver and Software Download
EZCAP_QT
Driver and Software Cloud Drive Download


QHY163 Connection Combination Table Part (1)
QHY163 with M42 Female Thread/2inch zero tilt adapter
QHY163 with M42 Male Thread
(Big Screw adapter)
QHY163 with M54 Female Thread
QHY163 with M54 Male Thread 
QHY163 with C-mount Adapter














In Standard Pakcage
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part
Need order Optional Part

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.
QHY163 Connection Combination Table Part (2)
QHY163 with QHYOAG-S
QHY163 with QHYOAG-M
Solution1
QHY163 with QHYOAG-M
Solution2
QHY163
QHYCFW2S
Solution1
QHY163
QHYCFW2S
solution2
QHY163
QHYCFW2M solution1
QHY163
QHYCFW2M solution2



























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.

The difference between solution1 and 2 is that the solution 1 use the M42 or M54 screw to connect the CFW. While solution 2 use bome M3 screw to connect with CFW. The solution 1 is easy to connect/disconnect but the camera orientation may not just be zero degree or 90 degree for the center line of the CFW. The solution 2 need to open the CFW to install the screws and it is can not to be disconnect if do not open the CFW case. 
QHY163 Connection Combination Table Part (3)
QHY163
NIKON Lens
QHY163 
Canon Lens
QHY163
QHYCFW2S
NIKON/NIKON LENS
soluiton1
QHY163
QHYCFW2S
CANON/NIKON LENS
solution2
QHY163
QHYCFW2M
NIKON/nikon lens LENS
solution1
QHY163
QHYCFW2M
CANON/nikon LENS
solution











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.

The difference between solution1 and 2 is that the solution 1 use the M42 or M54 screw to connect the CFW. While solution 2 use bome M3 screw to connect with CFW. The solution 1 is easy to connect/disconnect but the camera orientation may not just be zero degree or 90 degree for the center line of the CFW. The solution 2 need to open the CFW to install the screws and it is can not to be disconnect if do not open the CFW case. 
QHY163M/C
Cooled USB 3.0 Planetary and Deep Sky COLDMOS Camera
Status: In Stock

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.

Independent Review
For an independent technical review of the QHY163M, click the link below to read a very thorough discussion regarding read noise, fell well capacity, dark current, noise FFT and other information:  Step from DSLR to QHY163M

Click the link below for information on attaching a Nikon or Canon lens to a QHY163M+QHYCFW2:  QHY163M + QHYCFW2  Nikon/Canon Lens Supported