TO EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE
The Andromeda Galaxy, M31
APOD 2023 March 22
Imaging Camera QHY268M PH
Telescope: Askar FRA600
Mount: iOptron CEM40
Filters: Chroma 36mm LRGB Ha
TO EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE
Telescope: Askar FRA600
Mount: iOptron CEM40
Filters: Chroma 36mm LRGB Ha
QHY6060 is a big format scientific CMOS camera with 37.7 Megapixel, 61mm square (89mm diagonal) Gpixel Gsense6060 sensor, 10um pixel size, 14bit ADC, 6K*6K resolution. It has both a back-illuminated version and a front-illuminated version. The FSI version has 72% peak QE and the BSI version has 95% peak QE.
QHY6060 has a 2-stage TEC cooler and it is air-cooling / water cooling compatible. QHY6060 has USB3.0 high-speed interface.
The BSI QHY6060 also has a soft X-ray response. In order to use it in a full vacuum environment. The camera needs to be put into a vacuum environment. QHYCCD can offer a special customized design of the full vacuum version. Please contact QHYCCD if you need this version.
*Please contact QHYCCD about the price.
|Model||QHY6060FSI (Front illuminated version)
QHY6060BSI (Back illuminated version)
|CMOS Sensor||Gpixel GSENSE6060 FSI / BSI|
|Pixel Size||10um x 10um|
|Sensor Surface Glass||Clear Glass|
|Effective Pixel Area||6134*6134|
Includes the optic black area on left side and right side
|Effective Pixels||37.6 Megapixels|
|Effective Image Area||61.34mm x 61.34mm|
|Peak QE||72% (FSI version) 95%(BSI version)|
|Sensor Size||6×6 Medium Format|
|Full Frame Rate and ROI Frame Rate||QHY6060
2.5FPS(8bit speed 0) 3.5FPS(8bit speed1) 4FPS(8bit speed 2) 5FPS(8bit speed 3)
2.5FPS(16bit speed 1,2,3)QHY6060PRO
|Readout Noise||4.7e- (at maxium analog gain in high gain channel)|
0.2e/pixel/sec @ -15C
|Exposure Time Range||20us-300sec|
|Power Supply Input / Power Consumption||12V DC input|
|Shutter Type||Electric Rolling Shutter|
|Built-in Image Buffer||128MByte DDR2|
|Air / Water Cooling||Support Both Air Cooling and Water Cooling|
|Cooling System||Dual Stage TEC cooler
Below ambient temperature -25CDual Stage TEC cooler with water CoolingBelow ambient temperature -35C to -37C (water temperature 26C)(Test temperature +20°)Below ambient temperature -45C to -47C (water temperature 10C)
|Recommended flow rates for water-cooled versions||12ml/s|
|Telescope Interface||See Mechanical Drawing|
|Optic Window Type||AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating|
|Back Focal Length||See Mechanical Drawing|
|Reference Price||QHY6060 BSI Grade 0 Contact QHYCCD
QHY6060 BSI Grade 1 USD125000
QHY6060 BSI Grade 2 USD89000
QHY6060 FSI Grade 0 Contact QHYCCD
QHY6060 FSI Grade 1 USD46000
QHY6060 FSI Grade 2 USD40000
QHY6060 a specialty full vacuum version. And also accept the customized design requirement.
In order to meet the special needs of scientific research work, the scientific camera QHY6060 in a full vacuum version has been launched. Compared with the standard air-cooled + drying structure, vacuum can achieve the airtight drying effect better. For scientific research activities requiring a special vacuum, such as X-ray observation, a vacuum environment must be provided. Up to now, most refrigeration cameras in the vacuum scheme adopt the semi-vacuum design, that is, the front chip part of the camera is placed in the vacuum device, and the other parts are exposed. In contrast, in the full vacuum version all the machines can be placed in the vacuum space, which is not only conducive to better realize airtight drying, but also makes it more convenient to realize rotation and movement of the equipment, and more conducive to observation and operation. In terms of heat dissipation, the camera in the full vacuum version replaces the standard air-cooled structure with a water-cooled structure, which can reduce the vibration to zero and minimize the external influence while adapting to the vacuum environment.
The camera’s USB signal, power supply cable, and liquid cooling need to use the special vacuum connector on the vacuum container. QHYCCD can work with the user for this part.
All-In-One Pack （Driver, SDK and Software) for WINDOWS supports all QHYCCD USB3.0 devices only except PoleMaster and some discontinued CCD cameras. Please go to https://www.qhyccd.com/download/ and install it.
The camera requires an input voltage between 11V and 13.8V. If the input voltage is too low the camera will stop functioning or it may reboot when the TEC power percent is high, causing a drain on the power. Therefore, please make sure the input voltage arrived to the camera is adequate. 12V is the best but please note that a 12V cable that is very long or a cable with small conductor wire may exhibit enough resistance to cause a voltage drop between the power supply and the camera. The formular is: V(drop) = I * R (cable). It is advised that a very long 12V power cable not be used. It is better to place the 12V AC adapter closer to the camera.
First connect the 12V power supply, then connect the camera to your computer via the USB3.0 cable. Make sure the camera is plugged in before connecting the camera to the computer, otherwise the camera will not be recognized. When you connect the camera for the first time, the system discovers the new device and looks for drivers for it. You can skip the online search step by clicking “Skip obtaining the driver software from Windows Update” and the computer will automatically find the driver locally and install it. If we take the 5IIISeries driver as an example (shown below), after the driver software is successfully installed, you will see QHY5IIISeries_IO in the device manager.
Please note that the input voltage cannot be lower than 11.5v, otherwise the device will be unable to work normally.
Before using software, make sure you have connected the cooling camera to the 12V power supply and connected it to the computer with a USB3.0 data cable. If it’s a planetary/guiding camera, 12V power is not needed.
Note: We recommend 64-bit Software if possible, like SharpCAP x64 , N.I.N.A x64. etc., especially when you’re using 16bit cameras like QHY600.
EZCAP_QT is software developed by QHYCCD. This software has basic capture functions for QHYCCD deep sky cameras.
Run EZCAP_QT. Click “Connect” in Menu -> Camera. If the camera is successfully connected, the title line of EZCAP_QT will display the camera firmware version and the camera ID as shown below.
Click “Temperature Control” in “Camera Settings” to set the temperature of the CMOS sensor. You can turn on “Auto” to set the target temperature. For example, here we set the target temperature to -10C. The temperature of the CMOS sensor will drop quickly to this temperature (approximately 2-3 minutes). If you want to turn off cooling, you can choose Stop. If you just want to set the TEC power but not the temperature. You can select “Manual” and then set the percentage of the TEC power.
You can use the “preview tab” to preview and use the focus tool to focus. Then use the “capture tab” to capture the image.
Launch SharpCap. If the software and drivers mentioned above are installed successfully, the video image will appear automatically about 3 seconds after the software loads. You will also see the frame rate in the lower left corner of the software window as shown below.
If you have already started the SharpCap software before connecting the camera, in order to open the camera, click on the “camera” in the menu bar and then select the device.
Offset adjustment. When you completely block the camera (i.e., like taking a dark frame) you may find that the image is not really zero. Sometimes this will reduce the quality of the image contrast. You can get a better dark field by adjusting the offset. You can confirm this by opening the histogram as indicated in the figure below.
If you want to enter the 16-bit image mode, select the “RAW16” mode.
By selecting the “LX” mode you can expand the exposure setting range and take long exposures.
After cooling devices connected to the 12V power supply, the temperature control circuit will be activated. You can control the CMOS temperature by adjusting the settings in the figure below. Basically, you can control the temperature of CMOS by either adjusting “Cooler Power” or clicking “Auto” and setting “Target Temperature”. You can also see the CMOS temperature at the lower-left corner of the software window.
With ASCOM drivers, you can use the device with many software packages that support the ASCOM standard. We will use Maxim DL below as an example, but a similar procedure is used for The SkyX and other software packages supporting ASCOM.
First make sure you have not only loaded the ASCOM drivers but that you have also downloaded and installed the ASCOM platform from ASCOM. After both the drivers and platform are installed, start MAXIMDL. Follow the instructions shown below to finish the setup. Then Click Connect in and enter the software.
QHYCCD BroadCast WDM Camera is a broadcast driver that supports QHYCCD cameras with video broadcast function, which can meet the needs of customers to send video images to other target software. For example, use sharpcap to connect a WDM-enabled camera, and the sharpcap display video image can be sent to other WDM-supported software for display, which is suitable for video online broadcast applications.
The installation process is over, right-click the computer to find the device manager, and check that the image device name is QHYCCD BroadCast WDM Camera, which means the installation is successful.
HANDYAVI test effect chart:
UFOCAPTURE test renderings:
Since QHY6060 is usually connected to a large telescope, especially the main focus of a large telescope, it is not convenient to disassemble it at this time. Therefore, QHY6060 has designed an external drying system to facilitate maintenance work and solve the maintenance-free problem of long-term use.
6. Use EZCAP_QT software to turn off the camera cooling (TEC OFF), and observe the humidity display curve (RH) of EZCAP_QT. The cyclic dehumidification function in the software is added on 2020-11-27, please use 20-11-27 or later versions.
Added functions related to BURST mode in SDK. Currently, cameras that support Burst function include QHY600, QHY411, QHY461, QHY268, QHY6060, QHY4040, QHY4040PRO, QHY2020, QHY42PRO, QHY183A
This mode is a sub-mode of continuous mode. This function can only be used in continuous mode. When this function is enabled, the camera will stop outputting image data, and the software frame rate will be reduced to 0. At this time, send relevant commands to the camera, and the camera will Output the image data with the specified frame number according to the settings, for example, set Start End to 1 6, the camera will output the image data with the frame number 2 3 4 5 when receiving the command.
1. When using Burst mode in fiber mode, the first Burst shot will be one less. For example, if the start end is set to 1 6, the output of 2 3 4 5 is normal, but in fact, only 3 4 will be output during the first burst shot. 5, 2 will not be received, the second and subsequent shots can normally obtain Burst images 2 3 4 5. This problem will be fixed later.
2. QHY2020, QHY4040 found that the frame number that came out when the exposure time was short is [start+1,end-1] but the one that came out under long exposure was [start+2,end]
3. When the camera is just connected, if the set end value is relatively large, the camera will directly output the picture after entering the burst mode. Therefore, it is necessary to set the camera to enter the IDLE state and then set the start end and related burst operations.
The following is the usage of Burst mode related functions: