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The QHY5-III series cameras are USB3 super-speed cameras and guiders. 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!

High QE 800-1000nm: Monochrome at NIR

The QHY5III462C uses Sony's latest generation IMX462 back-illuminated sensor with extended red and near infrared response. It has nearly double the red and NIR sensitivity as previous generation BSI sensors and even greater sensitivity compared to front illuminated sensors. Because the RGB filters become transparent at NIR wavelengths, the camera captures RGB color images in visible light and monochrome images in NIR.

Boosts Low Light Sensitivity: 0.5e- Read Noise

Sony's new sHCG (Super High Conversion Gain) technology produces a higher voltage from fewer photons resulting in greater sensitivity even at very low levels of light. With sHCG technology, even in visible light, the QHY5III462C has higher sensitivity than the back-illuminated IMX290 based cameras.

High Frame Rate: 135FPS

To produce the highest detail with the greatest dynamic range, many planetary imagers prefer to capture hundreds or thousands of images in as short a time as possible and then process the results into one final combined image. This requires high sensitivity for short exposures and low read noise for combining multiple images. The QHY5III462C will output 135 frames per second at full resolution. With its exceptionally high QE and extraordinarily low (0.5e-) read noise, it is the perfect camera for planetary imaging.

Filters for Visible and IR Imaging: IR850 for NIR & UV-IR for Color

The QHY5III462C comes with two free 1.25-inch filters. The IR850 filter is a long wavelength pass filter that allows wavelengths > 850nm to pass through. The UV/IR filter passes visible light and blocks the NIR. With these two filters you can capture both RGB color images and NIR monochrome images with the same camera. At NIR wavelengths, the RGB filters become transparent and the camera behaves like a monochrome IR camera.


Model QHY5III462C (Color and Enhanced Near Infrared)
Pixel Size 2.9um x 2.9um
Effective Pixel Area
1920 x 1080
Effective Pixels 2 Megapixels
Fullwell 12000e-
Readout Noise 0.5e-
AD Sample Depth 12-bit (output as 16-bit and 8-bit)
Sensor Size Typical 1/2.8 inch
Full Frame Rate Full Resolution 135 FPS@8-bits (USB3.0 Port)
ROI Frame Rate Higher rates at selected fields of interest (Supports any region ROI)
Exposure Time Range 7us-900sec
Shutter Type Electronic Rolling Shutter
Computer Interface USB3.0
Guide Port Yes
Telescope Interface 1.25-inch
Optic Window Type Changeable 1.25-inch filter as optical window
(Includes free 1.25-inch UV/IR cut filter and free 1.25-inch IR850 filter)
Back Focal Length (see setup combination table below)
Weigth 88g