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QHY5III178 Colour Camera


a 6MP USB3.0 Lunar, Planetary and Guiding Camera

6.0 Megapixels

The QHY5-III series cameras are USB3 super-speed cameras and guiders.  Ideal for Lunar and planetary imaging as well as guiding.They can be used in a standard 1.25-inch eyepiece holder and have an adjustable location ring for confocality with an eyepiece.  All QHY5III series cameras come in a very small but powerful package!

TheQHY5III178C uses the new 6.0 Megapixel IMX178 STARVIS Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Available in both color and monochrome. With its small 2.4um pixels and 1/1.8-inch sensor size, the monochrome QHY5III178M is a superb guiding camera due to its advantages in resolution and wide FOV, plus its extraordinary sensitivity due to the STARVIS Exmore sensor. (STARVIS is Sony's designation for sensors that can record real time video in starlight)..

USB3.0 Super Speed
QHY5III series cameras use a 5Gbps USB3.0 interface. With a maximum 350MByte/second image transfer speed, the cameras produce the high frame rate ideal for high speed planetary imaging.

Advanced Heat Design
The QHY5III design helps transfer the heat generated by the sensor to the metal case of the camera quickly and then to the cooling fins and telescope eyepiece holder.

Aircraft Spec Socket
The QHY5III has an extremely stable 5-pin aircraft spec socket for the guide port

What's In the Box?
  • QHY5III178 Colour CMOS Camera
  • 1.5m USB3.0 Cable
  • 1.5 m 5pin Lemo to RJ11 Guide Cable
  • Focus Location Ring
  • 1.25" extension tube
  • CS focus spacer
CMOS Sensor IMX178 (back side illuminated)
Pixel Size 2.4um
Pixel Array 3072 x 2048
Effective Pixels 6.3 Megapixel
Sensor Optical Format 1/1.8-inch
Frame Rate @ Full Frame 50 fps
Frame rate @ ROI readout 100 fps @ 1528x1024, 190fps @ 764x512
Full Well Capacity 15ke-
Readout Noise 0.9e- to 2.4e-
A/D 14-bit
Shutter Type Electric Rolling Shutter
Computer Interface USB3.0
Guide Port Standard 6-pin RJ11 Guide Port
Telescope Interface
 1.25-inch, CS mount
Weight 87g

The manual and software can be downloaded from

QHY Website