The QHY600M-PRO 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. This Monochrome version has a 3.76-micron pixel size, a sensor size of 36 mm x 24 mm, 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.
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 2×10 Gigabit fiber Ethernet slot. The full list includes:
- USB 3.0
- 2×10 Gigabit Fiber Interface
- Trig Out/In and Advanced Timing Interface for GPS
- Full Frame 16-bit Image Support at 4 FPS. ROI Support at higher rates
- Full Frame 14-bit Image Support at 10 FPS and 8K Video at 30FPS
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.
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 2×2 with 7.5-micron pixels you’ll be at 196ke-. And if you decide to go for 3×3 binning, you’ll be at 11-micron pixels to bring the full well capacity to 441ke-. This is undoubtedly an impressive piece of equipment.
- Low Read Noise
At high gain and 2 FPS high readout speed, the QHY600M-PRO 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: The Early Bird version of the camera has the hardware design of the Professional model, but the functions of the Photographic version. For example, the Early Bird version will have sockets for both Ethernet and USB3.0 but only the USB socket is active. Users who buy the Early Bird 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 Early Bird 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. Early Bird 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.