QHY QHY600 Pro Lite Cooled Color CMOS Camera

  • Premier astrophotography camera fit for professional astronomers.
  • Massive Sony IMX 455-K (Industrial) back-lit sensor for advanced imaging applications with low read noise and 16-bit output.
  • Full frame (35 mm) format with 3.76-micron pixels and a 36 mm x 24 mm sensor brings out the best in your imaging data.
  • USB3.0 support for ultra high speed connections and downloads.
  • This is the standard color version of the QHY600.
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  • Regular price $5,000.00

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QHY QHY600 Pro Lite Cooled Color CMOS Camera

The QHY600 Pro Lite Cooled Color CMOS Camera has a full-frame sensor and is taking astrophotography to the next level. Extremely low dark noise and a square pixel array with 60M effective pixels. This Color version has a 3.76-micron pixel size, an IMX 455-K (industrial) sensor size of 36mm x 24mm, and 16-bit ADC. Experience sharp detail in a massive image fit for professionals with this innovative camera from QHY.

Standard Photography Version Features

  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Full frame 16-bit Image support at 2.5 FPS
  • Full frame 8-bit Image support at 4 FPS
  • ROI support at higher framerate
  • More compact body than the full Pro version

Native 16-bit ADC

Coming in hot at a native 16-bit A/D on-chip, this camera is the real deal. The output has 65536 levels and can get a very high sample resolution with the system gain being less than 1e/ADU. To sweeten the deal, there is no sample error noise and super low noise overall.

QHY600 Side by Side

Massive Full Well Capacity

A massive benefit when opting for the back-illuminated CMOS structure is that you'll get a much-improved full well capacity. The capacity of this camera, unbinned at 3.76-micron pixels, is a whopping 49ke-. Then, when binning at 2x2 with 7.5-micron pixels you'll be at 196ke-. And if you decide to go for 3x3 binning, you'll be at 11-micron pixels to bring the full well capacity to 441ke-. This is undoubtedly an impressive piece of equipment.

QHY QHY600 Sensor Front

Low Read Noise

At high gain and 2 FPS high readout speed, the QHY600 has only 1 electron of read noise. Let that sink in for a moment. This means the camera can achieve SNR>3 at only 3 to 4 photons in favorable conditions.

The differences between the Photographic and Professional versions include:

  • 1. The Professional version has a high-speed fiber interface and USB3.0 interface. The Photographic version has only a USB3.0 interface.
  • 2. The Professional version may has more on-camera DDR3 memory than the Photographic version.
  • 3. The Professional version has rich, external, expandable I/O signals as well as a rich resource that allow the user to customize the FPGA inside the camera.
  • 4. The Professional version is more expensive than Photographic version.
  • 5. The Professional version has a longer body to accommodate the length of the optical fiber interface.
  • Also: This Pro Lite version of the camera has the hardware design of the Professional model, but the functions of the full Photographic version. For example, the Pro Lite version will have sockets for both Ethernet and USB3.0 but only the USB socket is active. Users who buy the Pro Lite version can upgrade it to the full Professional version QHY600M/C-Pro by paying the difference in price. (Those that purchase the  Photographic version have no chance to upgrade into the Professional version.) The Pro Lite version also includes a free set of the QHYCCD 0.5 mm-27.5 mm spacers for precise and solid back-focus adjustment in a variety of optical train configurations. Pro Lite purchasers can also order a QHYCFW3L (7-position, 2-inch, 50 mm) or QHYCFW3XL (9- position, 2-inch, 50 mm) motor-driven filter wheel with the QHY600 camera at 10% off the list price of the filter wheel.



ADC16 bit
Back Focus18 mm
Camera ConnectionMale M54x.75
Color or MonoColor
Free ShippingYes
Full Well49ke
Mega Pixels60 mp
Peak QE80%
Pixel Size3.76 microns
PS3 Microns or Smaller
Read Noise2.1e
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorK (Industrial)
Weight1.7 lbs


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