QHY163 M/C

QHY163 M/C

4/3-Inch 16 Megapixels

The QHY163M/C camera is an incredible value. It uses a relatively large 4/3-inch, 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.

Monochrome and Color

High Sensitivity Affordable Price

QHY163 comes in both a monochrome (QHY163M) and a color version (QHY163C). The low read noise capability of the QHY163M and mono sensor is ideal for use with narrowband filters.

Multiple Setups
Short Backfocus QHYCW2/3 and OAG

For flexibility, there are a variety of connection solutions with our color filter wheel and the QHY163M camera. There is the the standard connection and a short back focus connection. Also, the optional 0.5-27.5 flexible backfocus spacer can meet any back focal length requirement.

4K High Definition

4096 x 2160 @ 30FPS Raw Video

QHY163M/C supports any size ROI, 22.5FPS @16MP full resolution, 30FPS 4K video, 57FPS 1920 x 1080 and hundreds frame per second at smaller ROI.

DSO / Narrow Band Meteors / Spectroscopy

Because of the Super HD resolution real time video function and ultra low read noise, QHY163M/C is suitable for capturing transient phenomena, DSO imaging, spectroscopy and narrow band imaging. Signal from dim objects can sometimes be lost in read noise. But with the 1.0e- noise performance at high gain this is is far less of a problem. Even stacking multiple images of a DSO is made possible.

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.

Anti-Dew Technology

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.

4-pin QHYCFW Socket

The QHY163 camera has a built-in 4-pin QHYCFW socket and it can control and power the QHYCFW2 and QHYCFW3 directly.

  • Version: QHY163M (Monochrome)  QHY163C(Color)
  • CMOS Sensor:  16mega pixel 4/3inch sensor
  • AR Coating On Sensor: No. Clear Glass
  • Pixel Size: 3.8um*3.8um
  • Effective Pixel Area: 4656*3522
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Effective Image Area: 17.7mm*13.4mm
  • FullWell Capacity: 15.5ke-
  • AD Sample Depth: 12bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
  • Sensor Size: Typical 4/3inch
  • Full Frame Rate and ROI Frame Rate: 22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution

                                                                          30FPS@4K HD Video





  • Readout Noise: 2.4e@low gain 1.0e@high gain 
  • Dark Current: 0.006e/pixel/sec @ -20C
  • Exposure Time Range: 60us-3600sec
  • Anti-Glow Control: Yes
  • Shutter type: Electric Rolling Shutter
  • Computer Interface: USB3.0
  • Built-in Image Buffer: 128MByte DDR2 memory
  • Cooling System: Dual Stage TEC cooler (about -40C below ambient)
  • Anti-Dew Heater: Yes
  • Air-proof Chamber: Yes, with silicon gel tube socket
  • Telescope Interface: M42/0.75
  • Optic Window Type: QHY163M: AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating QHY163C: IR cut filter 
  • Other Port: 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port, 4PIN QHYCFW Port.
  • Power Supply: Camera Powered by USB.  The TEC need 12V DC input.
  • Weight: 442gram