QHY QHY600 Cooled Color 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 standard color version of the QHY600.
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  • Regular price $5,000.00

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QHY QHY600 Cooled Color 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.

Standard Photography Version Features

  • USB 3.0 Interface Only
  • Full Frame 16bit Image Support at 2.5 FPS
  • Full Frame 8bit Image Support at 4 FPS
  • ROI Support at higher framerate
  • More compact body than the Pro version

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'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.



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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