QHY 178 Cooled Monochrome CMOS Telescope Camera

  • Pixel Size: 2.4 microns
  • Pixel Array: 3072 x 2048
  • Sensor Diagonal: 8.9 mm
  • Frame Rate: Full Rez of 50fpm, Max of 190fpm


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QHY 178 Cooled Monochrome CMOS Telescope Camera

With more than a decade of experience designing cooled cameras, QHYCCD has applied this knowledge to the QHY178 camera. It has a 1/1.8-inch, 6 megapixel CMOS sensor with 2.4 um pixels.  The full resolution frame rate is 50fps at 6 megapixels, the maximum rate is 190fps.  It has a USB 3.0 interface, two-stage TEC, and 14-bit A/D.  Readout noise is 2.4e at low gain and 0.9e- at high gain. 

This camera 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 makes it possible to run multiple cameras on the same computer without USB transfer problems. 

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.

Sony's Image Sensor Exmor R is a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with improved sensitivity and noise reduction, the key factors to enhancing image quality, while radically realigning their fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination. It retains the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation while dramatically improving sensitivity. With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor's light-sensitive area (photo-diode) impede photon gathering carried out by the on-chip lens, and this has also been an important issue in the miniaturization of pixels and widening optical angle response.
A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors that have been moved to the reverse of the silicon substrate.  However, compared to conventional front-illuminated structures, back-illuminated structures have historically caused problems such as noise, dark current, defective pixels and color mixture that lead to image degradation and also cause a decrease in the signal-to-noise ratio  To overcome this Sony newly developed a unique photo-diode structure and on-chip lens optimized for back-illuminated structures that achieves a higher sensitivity and a lower random noise without light by reducing noise, dark current and defect pixels compared to the conventional front-illuminated structure.  Additionally, Sony's advanced technologies such as high-precision alignment have addressed any color mixture problems.

Vendor Number: 100077



ADC14 bit
Back focus18mm
Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
Color or MonoMonochrome
Delta T40°C Below Ambient
Dynamic Range12.7 Stops
Free ShippingYes
Full Rez Frame Rate50fps
Full Well15ke
Max Frame Rate190fps
Mega Pixels6.3 mp
Peak QE TBD%
Pixel Array3072 x 2048
Pixel Size2.4 microns
Power Consumption12V at least 3.5A
Read Noise2.4e
Sensor Diagonal8.9mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorSony IMX178
Weight1 lbs