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QHYCCD - QHY5III462C Planetary Color and NIR Camera with Expansion Kit

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The new QHY5III462C camera uses the latest (6th Generation) 2.1 megapixel IMX462 STARVIS CMOS sensor from Sony.  The pixel size is 2.9u making it the same size and resolution as the sensor used in the QHY5III290 camera that has been so successfully used for planetary imaging by some of the best planetary imagers in the world.  Like others in the series, the QHY5III462C is USB 3.0 powered and controlled. No additional power is required.


SKU: QHY-QHY5III462C-EXP
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QHYCCD QHY5III462C Planetary Color and NIR Camera with Expansion Kit

The new QHY5III462C camera uses the latest (6th Generation) 2.1 megapixel IMX462 STARVIS CMOS sensor from Sony.  The pixel size is 2.9u making it the same size and resolution as the sensor used in the QHY5III290 camera that has been so successfully used for planetary imaging by some of the best planetary imagers in the world.  Like others in the series, the QHY5III462C is USB 3.0 powered and controlled. No additional power is required.

The IMX462 sensor is back-illuminated and has new features that give it two significant advantages over other planetary cameras:  First, the IMX462 sensor has sHGC for extremely low read noise (less than one electron) at high gain. This is ideal for stacking hundreds or thousands of short planetary images.  Second, it is exceptionally sensitive in the NIR.  In this generation of sensor, the photodiode portion of the pixel well is deepened, allowing photons of longer wavelength to penetrate deeper into the substrate and thereby dramatically increases the sensor's sensitivity to red light and near infrared light (NIR).  The RGB filters over the pixels become transparent at NIR wavelengths, so the sensor displays almost equal peak sensitivity to NIR light as it does to light in the visible spectrum.

The peak QE in the NIR around 800nm is as high or higher as the peak QE in the visible wavelengths.  For planetary imagers using a methane filter that passes light around 880nm this is welcome news.

The QHY5III462C camera will include two 1.25" screw-in filters, a UV/IR cut filter to isolate the visible wavelengths for normal RGB imaging and an IR850 filter that will cut the visible wavelengths but pass wavelengths above 850nm.  Together, this yields a camera that can image in (a) visible light only, or (b) NIR light only, or (c) combined visible and NIR.  Passing all the light, visible and NIR, will produce a very sensitive luminance frame (when shot through a reflector or other scope capable of focusing visible and NiR together) for producing LRGB color images. 

Accessories Included:

Standard Accessories:

  • USB Cable
  • Tracking Cable
  • Focus Locking Ring
  • C-  mount adapter
  • 1.25" UV/IR filter
  • 1.25" IR850 filter

Expansion Kit Accessories:

  • 1.25" 10nm Methane filter (890nm)
  • Wide Angle all sky lens
  • CS mount adapter

Specifications

Name QHYCCD - QHY5III462C Planetary Color and NIR Camera with Expansion Kit
Manufacturer QHYCCD
Model QHY-QHY5III462C-EXP

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