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QHY 163-C Color Camera - QHY163-C

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QHY 163-C Color Camera - QHY163-C

The QHY 163C is a high end full color CMOS camera with an inbuilt cooling system, capable of producing very high end images of a wide range of celestial objects! This is a full color CMOS imaging system with many fine features worth boasting over- ranging from a high power dual stage TEC cooling system to remarkably low baseline read noise. These solid features are only parts of the whole in the end though, single components of the standard expected of each and every component in these top notch cameras. The end result of a wide array of high quality components used to create a single high functioning whole? This beautiful piece of work, capable of astro-imaging at a glorious 4k resolution with 30 FPS, and ideally suited for planetary and lunar imaging while retaining the capacity for deep sky imaging as well!

To get a bit more in depth, lets start with a closer look at one of the core facets of this marvelous imaging device: the two stage Thermo-Electric cooling system that keeps the cameras internal temperature regulated smoothly and cleanly, reducing dark noise interference and all around improving your imaging experience. This powerful cooling system is capable of attaining a cooling delta of -40 degrees celsius lower than the average temperature of the cameras environment. This is of particular value on a warm summer night, where higher temperatures could cause dewing or other sources of internal interference in the cameras mechanisms. In general the lower temperatures attainable through high power cooling are a great boon to quality imaging. Speaking of dewing, this camera has another potent countermeasure to prevent that from even being a possibility worth considering, in the form of a fully vacuum sealed sensor chamber combined with both a silicon gel tube socket and a window heater that all combine to keep everything perfectly dry within that chamber.

Moving on to another exemplary trait of this splendid camera, lets talk about the inbuilt 128MB DDRII image buffer that is another excellent component of this camera. This buffer exists to safeguard you from unexpected drops in transmission, and to ensure that every pixel that you’ve captured after a long night of imaging can be safely transferred to your computer for processing without data loss in transit. This frame buffer accomplishes this all by storing image data in the camera itself until they can be safely transmitted. This can also help your data run more smoothly on slower computers when linked to them.

In summary this camera is designed to clear away as many obstacles as possible between you, and capturing the most beautiful full color images of the starry night skies possible. We’re comfortable saying that its likely to do a good job of it to boot, with the heavy duty cooling and numerous other high quality features of this camera combining to make your hobby as easy as it could be. And due to it being of a CMOS format rather than CCD, all this top notch quality and advanced technology is being offered at a supremely affordable price!

Specifications:


CMOS Sensor

4/3inch 16mega pixel CMOS Sensor (Color/Mono)

Effective Pixels

4656*3522

Pixel Size

3.8um*3.8um

Effective Area

17.7mm*13.4mm

Shutter

Electric Rolling Shutter.

FullWell

Typical 18–20k

QE

TBD

Readout Noise

2.4e@low gain 1e@high gain

System Gain

TBD

Unity Gain

TBD

Frame Rate (on 8bit)

22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution

30FPS@4K HD Video

57FPS@1920*1080 60FPS@1280*1024

80FPS@1024*768

100fps@800*600

ROI Support

Yes. Any Area ROI

Exposure Time

50us-1800sec

AD Sample Depth

10bit/12bit (8bit/12bit output)

On Camera Image Buffer

Yes 128MB DDRII Buffer

Cooling

2-stage TEC, Typical -40 below Ambient. Temperature Regulated

Power

USB Powered for camera and +12V powered for TEC

Anti Dew Control

Air Connector for removable silicon gel tube

Heat board for optic window of airproof CCD chamber

Computer Interface

USB3.0 Super Speed

Telescope Interface

M42/0.75&2inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter

Color Wheel Port

4PIN QHYCFW2 socket

Guide Port

6PIN RJ11 Guide Port

Optic Window

AR+AR (Mono) IR+AR(Color)

Power consumption

TBD

Weight

422g

Shipping Policy

Shipping to the UNITED STATES (Lower 48 States):

We offer Free U.S. Shipping on most orders over $100 USD. Some limitations may apply. 

Shipping to CANADA:

We currently offer Free Canadian Shipping on most orders over $100 USD. Some limitations may apply.

Order Confirmation:

After your order is placed, you will receive an order confirmation email, which will contain your Order #. After your payment is processed, your order will typically ship within the next 1-3 business days (excluding Holidays) for US orders & Canadian orders. 

If you did not receive an order confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder. If you still can't find any emails from us, please reach out to our support team at support@redcarpettelescopes.com.

Shipping Carriers:

Orders will typically ship with either FedEx or UPS Ground. Additionally, most high-value shipments will require a signature upon delivery. 

Shipping Transit Time:

Shipping times can vary depending on the product that you purchase. In most cases, you will receive your product(s) in around 3-5 business days after it has been shipped - for US orders, and 5-10 business days - for Canadian orders. 

Faster Shipping Requests: 

If you would like to request a faster shipping method that is not available as an option on our online checkout, please reach out to us at support@redcarpettelescopes.com, and we can provide a quote. 

Please note: We currently only ship within the contiguous United States (lower 48 states) & Canada. Some shipping restrictions may apply on specific brands & products. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email support@redcarpettelescopes.com, and we'll be happy to help.

Tracking Details:

After your order has been shipped to the final destination, regular tracking updates will be sent to the email address that was used to place the order.

After you receive your Tracking #, it may take up to 24-48 hrs for the Carrier to display Tracking updates.

Order & Pre-Order Cancellation Requests:

Any orders and/or pre-orders that haven't shipped yet, but that are cancelled & refunded by request of the customer, may be subject to a minimum 5% re-stocking fee. The re-stocking fee will be deducted from your refund. 

If the order has already shipped, then please refer to our Returns & Refund Policy below for full details. 

Custom Engraving/Artwork:

If you purchase a product from us with a Custom Engraving option selected (such as text engraving or artwork engraving, we will reach out to you right after your order is placed to request your engraving instructions. 

If we do not receive your engraving instructions within 2 business days after we request them, we will proceed with shipping your order without engraving. If you receive your order, and decide that you would like engraving, you will be responsible for shipping the product back to our facility in order to have the engraving completed. 

Returns & Refund Policy

We believe in the brands that we work with and the products that we sell. And we want YOU to be 100% satisfied! This is why we offer a 30-Day Return Policy for the vast majority of the Brands/Products that we carry. See below for details regarding products that do NOT qualify for our 30 day Returns Policy.

Processing Returns (IMPORTANT):

To initiate a return, you MUST obtain an RMA number and the correct return address from us (we will provide both of these). Any returned shipments that do not contain a valid RMA number will not be accepted. NOTE: Items must be returned in their original packaging and condition.

To retrieve an RMA number, or for more details, please contact us at support@redcarpettelescopes.com!

Returns:

If you would like to return your purchase for any reason within 30 days of receiving the product(s), we can only grant a refund if the items are returned in their original packaging and condition. To confirm that products are in their original packaging and condition, we may ask you (the customer) to provide photographs of the items before they are returned to us. 

Refunds will be issued after the warehouse receives, inspects and processes your return (this may take upwards of 5-7 business days). 

The customer will be responsible for covering both the return shipping costs with FedEx or UPS, as well as the shipping costs associated with originally shipping the item(s) to them (the customer). Additionally, a minimum 5% re-stocking fee may apply.

Exchanges:

If you wish to exchange the item for another product within 30 days of receiving it, we can likely wave any re-stocking fees (depending on the condition of the product), and we can help reduce or wave any return shipping fees. However, in some cases, these fees may still apply. Please email us for full details at support@redcarpettelescopes.com. 

Product Condition:

When you receive your package(s), you should immediately inspect both the packaging and the product(s) to ensure that nothing is damaged or that your shipment isn't missing anything (additional products or accessories).

If you notice any damage to your product(s) upon delivery - please send photos to support@redcarpettelescopes.com as soon as possible and we will make the arrangements necessary to have your product returned, and have a replacement shipped to you. If possible, your product(s) will need to be returned in all of its original packaging. 

If you notice that the packaging of your shipment is damaged, please do NOT throw the packaging away. Please take pictures of the packaging, and send it to support@redcarpettelescopes.com. 

Brands/Products that do NOT qualify for our 30 Day Return Policy:

Full Moon Optics

Full Moon Optics products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, they instead qualify for a 14 day return policy. 

APM

APM products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, they are covered by APM's 2 year limited warranty. 

Athlon Optics (United States only)

Athlon Optics products purchased in the United States do not qualify for our 30 day return policy (Canadian orders still qualify for our 30 day return policy). However, if a product has a manufacturing defect or is damaged, we can have the product returned, repaired, and shipped back to you (alternatively, we can have an entirely new replacement product shipped to you) - as per Athlon's Lifetime Warranty. 

Leupold (Canada only)

Leupold products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, if a product has a manufacturing defect or is damaged, we can have the product returned, repaired, and shipped back to you (alternatively, we can have an entirely new replacement product shipped to you) - as per Leupold's Lifetime Warranty. 

Konus

Konus products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, most of the Konus products that we carry include either a 2-year warranty, or lifetime warranty.

First Texas Products (Night Owl Optics / Bounty Hunter / Teknetics / Fisher Lab)

First Texas Products (Night Owl Optics / Bounty Hunter / Teknetics / Fisher Lab) do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, most Night Owl Optics, Bounty Hunter, Teknetics, and Fisher Lab products carry a minimum 1 year warranty (with some products carrying a 5 year warranty).

Newcon Optik

Newcon Optik products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. However, all Newcon products carry a comprehensive 1 year warranty. 

Refurbished Products

Refurbished products do not qualify for our 30 day return policy. All sales are final. 

Custom Orders

Additionally, items that are special ordered, customized, or engraved - cannot be returned or refunded under our 30 day return policy. 

If your engraved item needs to be repaired within 30 days of purchase, please reach out to us and we will have the product repaired or replaced, re-engrave if necessary, and return it to you in mint condition!

If you have any questions regarding our Returns & Refund Policy, please feel free to reach out to us at support@redcarpettelescopes.com.

If you encounter a Warranty issue with any products that you have purchased from us, we will gladly serve as the liaison between you and the Manufacturer. This will ensure that you receive the best, and most attentive, service possible.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you may have regarding Warranty. You can reach out to us via email, live chat, or give us a call during our posted hours at 1-800-860-3429

OUR PRODUCTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WARRANTY:

ATHLON OPTICS:

Your product is not only warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Athlon will also repair or replace, at no charge to you, your product if it becomes damaged through normal use. No receipt needed, no registration required. This is a commitment that Athlon will be the best product you can buy for your money.

APM:

APM products are covered by a 2-year limited warranty. 

BARSKA:

Barska being the manufacturer outlet honors Manufacturer warranties for Repair and/or new Replacement after the 30 day Standard Return Policy is expired. Please read the Warranty Card enclosed with product for details. 

NOTE: Refurbished products do not qualify for Barska's warranty policy or 30 day return policy. 

CARSON:

Binoculars – No-Fault Warranty

Binoculars – (Battery operated) One-Year Limited Warranty

Magnifiers – Limited Lifetime Warranty

Telescopes – One-Year Limited Warranty

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC / EXPLORE FIRSTLIGHT / BRESSER / ALPEN OPTICS / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / VIXEN:

Telescopes: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty once registered within 60 days

Microscopes: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty once registered within 60 days

Riflescopes: *Limited* USA Five Year Warranty once registered within 60 days

Waterproof Riflescopes: *Limited* Lifetime USA Warranty if registered within 60 days

Binoculars & Spotting Scopes: *Limited* USA Five Year Warranty once registered within 60 days

Waterproof Binoculars & Spotting Scopes: *Limited* Lifetime USA Warranty if registered within 60 days

Laser Rangefinders, Cameras and Electronics: *Limited* USA One Year Warranty once registered within 60 days

FULL MOON OPTICS:

Full Moon Optics products carry a limited 3 year warranty on all parts except the thermal core (thermal core include a 1 year warranty). 

BOUNTY HUNTER / TEKNETICS / FISHER LABS / NIGHT OWL OPTICS:

Bounty Hunter, Teknetics, and Night Owl Optics products are covered by a minimum 1 year warranty. Some Metal Detectors are covered by a 5 year warranty. 

GERMAN PRECISION OPTICS (GPO):

GPO, USA is 100% confident that all our product will not only function perfectly, but will exceed your expectations.  Therefore, GPO, USA has created an industry leading Spectacular Lifetime Warranty™. With outstanding professional service, we will take of our products before, during and after your purchase at no charge to you, EVER. If your product is not functioning properly, GPO, USA will repair or replace it with a product in perfect working condition.*  We at GPO know that you have chosen to trust us by purchasing one of our premium products and we understand that this trust is important.  The GPO, USA Spectacular Lifetime Warranty™ applies to every GPO product bought in the United States, no matter where you purchased it, no matter how long you have had it.  In addition to this “best in class” service, GPO trusts our retail partners to also service your needs.  If you prefer to return a damaged or non-functioning GPO product to the retailer where you have purchased your optic, GPO authorizes the retailer to replace your item “on the spot”.  This level of service is unsurpassed in the industry. Trust in GPO.  You will not be disappointed.

NEWCON OPTIK:

All Newcon Optik products carry a comprehensive 1 year warranty. 

LEUPOLD:

Built for a lifetime of performance - if at any time your Leupold product doesn’t perform, Leupold will repair or replace it for free - whether you're the original owner or not. You don’t need proof of ownership or a warranty card, and there’s no time limit.

LUNA OPTICS:

All Luna Optics products carry a limited 1 year warranty. 

LEVENHUK:

All Levenhuk Telescopes, Microscopes, Binoculars and other optical products, except for accessories, carry a Lifetime Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Lifetime warranty is a guarantee on the lifetime of the product on the market. All Levenhuk accessories are warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for six months from date of retail purchase. Levenhuk will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Levenhuk, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Levenhuk to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Levenhuk together with proof of purchase satisfactory to Levenhuk.

This warranty does not cover consumable parts, such as bulbs (incandescent, LED, halogen, energy-saving and other types of bulbs), batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable), electrical consumables, etc. 

LUNT SOLAR SYSTEMS:

This Warranty is extended by LUNT Solar Systems LLC to the original purchaser of the LUNT Solar Systems LLC product. LUNT Solar Systems LLC does not provide warranty service to used or second hand equipment. Lunt Solar Systems LLC warrants its products to be free of manufacturing and workmanship defects under normal use for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase. LUNT Solar Systems LLC will repair or replace such product or part thereof which upon inspection by LUNT Solar Systems LLC, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship.

This warranty does not extend to any product whose serial number has been defaced or altered, or to any product which LUNT Solar Systems LLC determines to contain a defect or malfunction caused by damage while in the possession of the consumer, this includes de-contacting of etalon. De-contacting of the etalon only occurs if the product is subjected to shock, i.e. dropped and/or banged. The above descriptions may include incorrect installation, maladjustment, misuse, negligence or servicing by the consumer, or by a failure on the part of the consumer to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance. Further, LUNT Solar Systems LLC reserves the right to disallow any products from warranty coverage that are deemed to have been received by the end customer in other than factory-sealed condition. All products are to be inspected by the customer when purchased. LUNT Solar Systems LLC is not responsible for damages or loss during the shipping process.

STANLEY LONDON:

Castle Navigation Inc. is only acting as a distributor of products manufactured by other companies. Thus, Castle Navigation Inc. expressly limits its guarantees and warranties for products sold hereunder to those extended and allowed by the manufacturing company to be passed through to Seller's customers. THERE ARE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION OF THE FACE HEREOF. CASTLE NAVIGATION INC. DISCLAIMS AND EXCLUDES FROM ANY SALE OF PRODUCTS HEREIN ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, OR OF FITNESS OR SUITABILITY FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE. Since Castle Navigation Inc. cannot control the manner or use of its products after sale, Castle Navigation Inc. will not be responsible for any direct, consequential, or indirect damages to the purchaser or any third party or ultimate user of the products. Castle Navigation Inc. will, at its option, either replace the goods sold or refund the purchase price should a product defect be brought to its attention within 30 days after sale.  All warranties cover only defects arising under normal use and do not include malfunctions or failure resulting from misuse, abuse, neglect, alteration, usage not in accordance with Limitation of liability, acts of nature, unusual temperatures or humidity, improper installation, or damage determined by Castle Navigation Inc. to have been caused by the customer, or repairs made by anyone other than Castle Navigation Inc., or you with the assistance of Castle Navigation Inc. technical support.  Castle Navigation Inc.'s responsibility under its limited warranties is limited to repair or replacement, either of which may be selected by Castle Navigation Inc. at its sole discretion. Any parts replaced by Seller become the property of Seller. All limited warranties granted on Products are to the initial customer end-user and are non-transferable. Customer agrees to indemnify and hold seller harmless from all claims, judgments, liabilities, expenses, or costs arising from customer’s breach of these terms and conditions of sale and/or acts or omissions.

WEEMS & PLATH:

More than half of Weems & Plath products carry a lifetime warranty, while other products carry a 2-year warranty. 

WARRANTY RETURNS:

To initiate a return on an item that is covered by warranty, you MUST obtain an RMA number and the correct return address from us (we will provide both of these). Any returned shipments that do not contain a valid RMA number will not be accepted. 

To retrieve an RMA number, or for more details, please email us at support@redcarpettelescopes.com!

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