QHY miniCAM5F Monochrome w/ 9 Position Filter Wheel w/ LRGB, Narrowband & Black Filters

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QHY miniCAM5F Monochrome w/ 9 Position Filter Wheel w/ LRGB, Narrowband & Black Filters
Item # QH-QHY5F-M-9-8
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  • The QHY monochrome miniCAM5F includes an integrated 9 position filter wheel and 8 12mm filters to fit. These include LRGB, H-Alpha, SII, OIII and a CH4 "Black" filter for dark frames.
  • Two stage TEC cooling to -38C ambient.
  • This tiny cooled camera is a featherweight at just 13 ounces!
  • Peak QE of 74% utilizing a MT9M034 CMOS sensor.
  • USB 2.0 interface.
  • Sips power: 0% cooling power at 3.7 watts. 50% cooling power at 11 watts.
  • The image here depicts the miniCAM with all of the available filters which shows a h-beta filter that is not included with this package. Please see the included items list.


The QHY miniCAM 5F... 

QHY offers a fully cooled CMOS camera with a built in motorized filter wheel in an affordable package.  The QHY miniCAM5F features a dual stage thermo electric cooling system that effectively cools the camera to -38C below ambient.  With a highly sensitive 1.2 mega pixel sensor capable of 74% QE and able to capture 30 frames per second at a full resolution of 1280x960 and up to 200 frames per second at 320x240 pixels.  Readout noise is also excellently low at 2 electron.  The 9 position filter wheel is built to hold the included L,R,G,B,H-alpha, SII, OIII & CH4 and Black filter on the same filter wheel disk. The specialized black filter is for taking and subtracting your dark frames.  A minified version of a typical cooled CCD camera, these included filters are a miniaturized 12mm size (when compared to more typical 1.25" or 50mm filters).  They fit perfectly into the filter wheel and help keep the entire system weight low, self contained and very budget friendly. 
The QHY miniCAM5F has a peak QE of 74% and it is especially well suited for capturing smaller night sky objects like the planets, smaller (or more distant) galaxies and globular clusters.  When paired with a "fast" or shorter focal length telescope it is also suitable for large diiffused nebulae.  Additional features include an onboard heater to keep dew from forming on your CMOS window and desiccant is included to help keep your system dry. 
Weighing in at about 13 ounces for the total system, the QHY miniCAM lives up to its name! Create a super portable, mini imaging system with this tiny powerhouse camera.  Happily paired with a small refractor and light duty EQ mount you could be capturing incredible layered images without being weighed down. 

QHY miniCAM5F Specifications...

CMOS Sensor
Typical 1/3 inch
Effective Pixel
Pixel Size
Readout Type
Progressive Scan
Electric rolling shutter
Exposure Time
10us-1800 sec
Max Speed
1280*960  30FPS    640*480 106FPS
Pixel Binning
1*1 2*2
Peak QE
Mono>74%    Color 62%@540nm
AD convert
Readout clock
Readout Noise
High Gain 2e-  Medium Gain 4e-  Low Gain 7e-
Full Well
Mechanical interface
1.25inch / C mount (Note*)
Optic glass window
Mono: AR+AR Clear glass
Silicon gel socket
Two stage TEC
Max Cooling 
Typical -38C below ambient
Weight(Camera only)
Power Consumption
0% Cooling power at 3.7Watt 
50% Cooling Power 11 Watt
Guider Interface
Not availble 
USB2.0 Interface
Build-in Color Wheel
Yes, 9 position motor driven CFW support 12mm diameter mini filters
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer QHY
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type CMOS
Series QHY Mono Cooled Cameras
Pixel Size < 5 Microns
Chip Diagonal 10.1mm - 12mm
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Sony
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model MT9M034
CCD Class Standard
Quantum Efficiency peak 74%
Full Well Capacity 18ke-
Pixel Size in Micrometers 3.75 micron squared
Pixel Array 1280x960
Sensor Diagonal 11.85mm
Minimum Exposure Time 10 microseconds
Maximum Exposure Time 1800 seconds
Integrated Guider? No
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2
Shutter Type Digital
Filter Wheel Yes
Interface USB 2.0
Camera Cooling Type Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Weight 13.12 ounces or 372 grams
Included Items

Included Items

  • QHY miniCAM 5F
  • Integrated Filter Wheel
  • LRGB Filters
  • Ha, SII, OIII Filters
  • CH4 (Black) Filter
  • USB 2.0 Interface Cable
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