QHY QHY600 Pro Cooled Monochrome CMOS Camera

  • Premier astrophotography camera fit for professional astronomers.
  • Massive Sony IMX 455 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 Pro monochrome version of the QHY600.
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  • Regular price $8,000.00

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QHY QHY600 Pro Cooled Monochrome CMOS Camera

The QHY600 is a full-frame sensor CMOS camera taking astrophotography to the next level. This camera has extremely low dark noise and a square pixel array with 60M effective pixels. Available in either a Monochrome or Color version, the QHY600 has a 3.76-micron pixel size, a sensor size of 36mm x 24mm, and 16bit ADC. Experience sharp detail in a massive image fit for professionals with this innovative camera from QHY.

If you have already purchased the standard QHY600 cameras, you can simply pay the difference in price to upgrade to the Professional version, which can then be installed remotely by QHYCCD. You will also need a PCIe grabber card for this to function.

Pro Features

The QHY600 Pro has more on-camera DDR3 memory than the standard photograph version and external, expandable I/O signals with the ability to also customize the FPGA inside the camera. The Professional version also comes with an activated USB 3.0 and 2x10 Gigabit fiber ethernet slot. The full list includes:

  • USB 3.0
  • 2x10 Gigabit Fiber Interface
  • Trig Out/In and Advanced Timing Interface for GPS
  • Full Frame 16bit Image Support at 4 FPS. ROI Support at higher rates
  • Fill Frame 14bit Image Support at 10 FPS and 8K Video at 30FPS

Native 16bit 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 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.



ADC16 bit
Back focus18mm
Camera ConnectionMale M54x.75
Color or MonoMonochrome
Free ShippingYes
Full Well49ke
Mega Pixels60 mp
Peak QE80%
Pixel Size3.76 microns
Read Noise2.1e
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorSony IMX455
Weight1.7 lbs


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