QHY 8L One Shot Color Camera with 6 MP Sony ICX413AQ Sensor - QHY8L

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QHY 8L One Shot Color Camera with 6 MP Sony ICX413AQ Sensor - QHY8L
Item # QH-QHY8L
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  • The QXY8L is a very small, lightweight one-shot color CCD camera that sports a Sony Super HAD 1CX413AQ sensor.
  • With an active pixel array of 3032 x 2016 and a pixel size of 7.8um, the QHY8L makes a great high resolution deep-sky imager on longer focal length scopes.
  • The QXY8L CCD Camera ensures a high saturation signal level due to its frame readout design.
  • Two stage TEC cooling system can achieve temperatures of -40C below ambient.


The QHY8L is a cooled one shot CCD camera that uses the Sony ICX413AQ 6.15 megapixel sensor as its light-gathering source. This APS-C sized sensor, with Super HAD technology, has a total active pixel array of 3032 x 2016 and a pixel size of 7.8um.

The Sony ICX413AQ is a diagonal 28.40mm interline CCD solid-state image sensor with a square pixel array and 6.15M effective pixels. Frame readout allows all pixels' signals to be output independently within approximately 1/3.08 second. Adoption of a design especially suited for frame readout ensures a high saturation signal level. High sensitivity and low dark current are achieved through the adoption of R, G and B primary color mosaic filters and HAD (Hole-Accumulation Diode) technology.

The QHY8L is a real cooled CCD camera and uses two-stage TEC to do the job. Temperatures can reach as low as -40C delta T below ambient. Combining this cooling technology with the aforementioned Super HAD technology gives you a clean and low noise image even when taking longer exposures of 30 minutes or an hour. Due to its small size, the QHY8L is suitable for HyperStar imaging.

QHY8L Camera Specifications:

  • Sensor: Sony Super HAD ICX413AQ
  • Total Pixel Array: 3110 x 2030
  • Active Pixel Array: 3032 x 2016
  • Pixel Size: 7.8um x 7.8um
  • Color Method: RGB Bayer Film on CCD
  • Readout Noise: 6-10 e-
  • Peak QE: 60% @ Green, 50% @ Blue & Ha
  • Binning Modes: 1x1,2x2,4x4
  • Microlensing: Yes
  • ABG: -110dB
  • 16bit ADC with CDS and Preamp
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Cooling: Two Stage TEC, Low power consumption
  • Fan: Built-in, Active
  • Max Delta: T=40 degrees C below ambient
  • Guide Port: Built-in RJ11 6-pin ST4 type guide port
  • Fully Sealed: Yes
  • Center and Tilt Adjustable construction
  • Built-in temperature sensor
  • Power Supply: DC201 DC Adapter with regulated TEC controller
  • Length: 129 mm or 5.07”
  • Diameter: 63 mm or 2.48”
  • Weight: 13.76 ounces


Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer QHY
Color or B&W? Color
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Series QHY Color Cooled Cameras
Pixel Size 7-9 Microns
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Sony
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model ICX413AQ
CCD Class Standard
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Micro-lensing Sensor? yes
Quantum Efficiency 60% @ green,50% @ blue & Ha
Blue Enhanced Sensor? no
Pixel Size in Micrometers 7.8um x 7.8um
Pixel Array 3110 x 2030
Integrated Guider? No
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2, 4x4
Focus Distance To Sensor
Shutter Type Digital
Dark Current
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 2.0
Camera Cooling Type Fan - Built In, Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Body Dimensions 5.07" L x 2.48" D
Camera Weight 13.76 ounces
Included Items

Included Items

  • QHY One Shot Color Camera with Sony ICX413AQ Sensor
  • Power Cable
  • DC201 Power Adapter
  • 120V AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Desiccant Tube
  • Cable Clamp
  • Tilt and Rotate Adapter
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Does this CCD come with capture software as well, and if so what kind of file gets output, TIF...FITS??? Thanks!
What is the exposure times, min-max sec.
Is this camera hard to focus? Is there software that can assist in focusing?
Hi, I have an 8" Edge HD on a VX mount with a Starshoot autoguider (50mm scope) and .7 reducer. Would this be a suitable camera for the setup, or would you recommend something else? Specifically DSO photography. Thanks.
Does this come with the Silica tube, the cables, and the cable harness that attaches to the cable end to support the plugs and the software?
I have heard that this camera ca suffer from chip ice. Apparently there is a heating ring. Does the camera come with this ring, or is it available as an option?
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