QSI 616WSG-8 Monochrome CCD Camera - Mechanical Shutter, 8-Position CFW & Integrated Guide Port

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QSI 616WSG-8 Monochrome CCD Camera - Mechanical Shutter, 8-Position CFW & Integrated Guide Port
$5,390.00
Item # QS-616WSG-8
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  • This QSI 616WSG-8 CCD Camera comes with a mechanical shutter, 8-position color filter wheel and integrated guide port.
  • Employs a full-frame 1.6 megapixel KAF-1603ME sensor for high quantum efficiency, wide dynamic range and low noise performance.
  • The QSI 616WSG-8 CCD Camera is noted for its compact design and power efficiency in a high performance, full-featured scientific CCD camera.
  • Guide with light from in front of the filter wheel! Integrated guide port (IGP) allows you to guide with a wide variety of guide cameras using any bright star of your choosing without the need for a separate guide scope! Guide camera (such as the Lodestar or STi, etc.) is sold separately).
  • Supported by industry leading image acquisition software and development tools are available for creating custom Windows or Linux imaging applications.
  • Note: If you will be using 31mm unmounted filters with this camera, you will require part number QS-AC5-CFW31-S3 which is specialized mounting hardware to ensure that your filters are secure. This can be found in the Recommended Accessories to your right.
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About the QSI 616 WSG Monochrome CCD Camera

The QSI 616wsg CCD camera uses a 1.6 megapixel Kodak (now TrueSense) full frame CCD imaging sensor as its light-gathering source. The KAF-1603ME has excellent quantum efficiency (peak approaches 80%) between 350nm and 1000nm with significant enhancement at the blue end of the spectrum. Micro lenses cover the surface of the CCD to focus the light into a transparent gate to increase optical response. The superb imaging performance of the 616 WSG camera is wrapped in an attractive, compact design with outstanding power efficiency and investment protecting upgradeability. The refined engineering and impressive fit, finish and attention to detail will surpass your highest expectations.The QSI 616wsg camera system is supported by industry-leading astronomy and microscopy image acquisition software, and a full camera control API is available for creating custom Windows or Linux applications.

QSI 616WSG CCD Camera Highlights

  • The QSI 616 camera comes with a TrueSense KAF-1603ME monochrome sensor. It sports 1.6 megapixels, and offers micro lens technology and a peak QE of 77%.
  • All “WSG” models include an Integrated Guider Port (IGP)
  • An 8-Position Color Filter Wheel comes ready for your threaded 1.25” filters
  • High speed USB 2.0 with 16-bit output
  • Dual read rates of 800kHz and 8MHz with virtually undetectable read noise
  • Electronic shutter speeds to 100 microseconds
  • Internal, even-illumination mechanical shutter for dark & bias frames
  • Intelligent, programmable two stage TEC cooling to 45C below ambient
  • ASCOM-compatible Windows COM API
  • Linux drivers and API

About the KAF-1603ME Imaging Sensor

The QSI 616wsg camera employs a Kodak KAF-1603ME full frame CCD image sensor with micro-lensing technology. The KAF-1603ME has excellent quantum efficiency between 350nm and 1000nm with significant enhancement at the blue end of the spectrum. Low dark current and high pixel charge capacity results in a dynamic range exceeding 76db. The sensor employs a true two-phase charge transfer technology with a transparent gate that significantly increases optical response compared to traditional front illuminated full frame sensors.

Kodak KAF-1603ME Specifications

  • CCD Architecture: Full Frame
  • Micro-lensing: Yes
  • Anti-Blooming: Yes
  • Imager Size: 13.8 mm Wide x 9.2 mm High
  • Pixel Array: 1536 x 1024 active pixels
  • Total Number of Pixels: 1.6 megapixels
  • Pixel Size: 9µm x 9µm
  • Quantum Efficiency: Peak: 77%, 45% at 400nm
  • Pixel Dark Current: <0.1 electrons per second at 0°C
  • Intrinsic Read Noise: 15 electrons RMS
  • Charge Transfer Efficiency: >0.99999
  • Dynamic Range: 76db

About QSI Two-Stage TEC Cooling

The QSI 616wsg has a very efficient custom 2-stage thermoelectric cooler (TEC) subsystem. Intelligent, programmable cooling fans are integrated into the rear of the camera body to remove the heat generated by the cooler. Typically, forced air cooling lowers the regulated CCD temperature by up to 45°C below ambient utilizing 85% power. Tight +/- 0.1°C temperature regulation is maintained at temperature settings of 10°C below ambient and lower. A slim liquid heat exchanger (sold separately) can be attached to the rear of the camera body to increase the cooling further, up to 55°C below the temperature of the circulating fluid.

The cooled CCD image sensor is positioned in a hermetically sealed environmental chamber and covered with an anti-reflection precision optical window. The sealed chamber is purged with an ultra dry noble gas to increase heat conduction and eliminate the possibility of frost forming inside the chamber. To extend the useful period before re-purging is required, a user-rechargeable micro-sieve desiccant is employed to scavenge water molecules that enter the chamber. It is located behind a sub-micron, gas-permeable membrane to prevent particulate contamination of the CCD chamber.

QSI Integrated Guide Port WSG Upgrade

The QSI 600 Series WSG cameras provides a solution to the problems normally associated with guiding by integrating a Guider Port directly into the camera body. The pick-off prism is designed to sit in front of the filters so that you will always have all the star's light available for guiding.

The large 1/2” square pick-off prism of the integrated guide port is optimally positioned close to the internal filter wheel, supporting the use of guide cameras with large sensors, while preventing any vignetting of the main sensor, even with very fast optical systems. The Integrated Guide Port (IGP) is designed to support any camera with 12.5mm of back focus or less that can be attached using C-mount or T-mount threads.

The threaded adapter sits on top of the focus ring and allows the guide camera to be rotated to any position. The focus ring threads onto the focus base to allow 3mm of travel when focusing the guide camera. Once focus is achieved, the focus ring is locked with a set screw. The guide camera can still be rotated manually if desired without changing the focus. The end result is a rigid, easily focused guide camera that will not move or flex while your mount tracks the apparent motion of the night sky.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU QS-616WSG-8
Manufacturer QSI
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Full Frame
Series QSI 600
Pixel Size 7-9 Microns
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model KAF-1603ME
CCD Class Standard
Anti-Blooming Sensor? no
Micro-lensing Sensor? yes
Quantum Efficiency 77% peak
Blue Enhanced Sensor? yes
Pixel Size in Micrometers 9um x 9um
Pixel Array 1536 x 1024 active
Integrated Guider? No, but includes Integrated Guide Port
Shutter Type Digital & Mechanical
Dark Current <0.1 electrons per second at 0°C
Filter Wheel Yes
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Linux (3rd Party), Windows
Camera Cooling Type Liquid Cooled - Optional, Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Weight 51 ounces
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Included Items

Included Items

  • QSI 616WSG-8 CCD Camera
  • Mechanical Shutter
  • 8-Position Color Filter Wheel
  • Integrated Guide Port
  • T-Mount Camera Adapter
  • T-Mount Adapter Cover
  • T-Mount to 2" Nosepiece
  • 12 VDC / 90-240 VAC Power Supply
  • 10' USB 2.0 Interface Cable
  • 10' Standard Guider Cable
  • QSI Software Installation CD ROM
  • Drivers for Maxim DL/CCD and CCD Soft
  • ActiveX Developer's Toolkit
  • Custom Fit Pelican Storage Case
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