With the advantage of low readout noise and high-speed readout, CMOS technology has revolutionized astronomical imaging. A back-illuminated, high-sensitivity, astronomical imaging camera is the ideal choice for astro-imagers. The QHY600 uses the Sony IMX455, a full frame (35mm format), back-illuminated sensor with 3.76um pixels and native 16-bit A/D. This sensor is available in both monochrome and colour versions. The QHY600 ends the days of non-16 bit CMOS cameras.
The QHY600 Series have multiple models which cover both photographic and scientific uses. There are two variants that apply to astrophotographic uses:
- QHY600PH : Standard version for amateur astrophotographers;
- QHY600PH-SBFL : it has shorter back focal length compared with other PH types
In addition, there is a “lite” version of the QHY600 available as a separate product.