QHY miniCAM5-F-M

QHY miniCAM5-F-M


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QHY miniCAM5-F-M CMOS camera

QHY miniCAM5-F-M, cooled cmos camera with built-in 9 position color wheel (12mm.)

If you think a cooled camera with a built-in motor-driven filter wheel is expensive, then think again! QHYCCD is proud to release the miniCAM5F, a highly-sensitive, cooled-CMOS camera with a built-in nine-position motor-driven filter wheel with a very special price.

This feature-rich camera includes a regulated dual-stage TEC that can cool the sensor down by -38C(*) below ambient. The sensor has 74% high QE, 1280x960, 1.2mega pixels, and is capable of capturing at [email protected] and [email protected] with extremely low readout noise down to 2 electrons. You can install the L, R, G, B, Ha, OIII, SII, CH4 and a black filter (for dark frame capture) together on the filter wheel.

(*) Note: Delta T has changed from -45C to -38C (November, 2015).

Another great benefit is that you can get these filters very inexpensively. Astronomy filters are usually a huge expense for monochrome cameras, especially when collecting the entire set. Often, you may spend a lot of € for a set of 1.25inch L, R, G, B, Ha, OIII, SII filters. However, since the miniCAM5F utilizes our smaller, QHYCCD-defined 12mm mini filter size, you’ll save a lot. The miniCAM5F can be bundled with L, R, G, B filters, as well as the optional Ha, OIII, SII, Hbeta and CH4 filters for very little money. We believe these filters will be a lot of fun to play with, not only for your planetary imaging but also for capturing your favorite DSOs!

QHY miniCAM5-F-M, has a 74% high-QE, 1.2mega pixel CMOS sensor, very suitable for capturing smaller objects like planetary nebulae, small galaxies and globular clusters. If you have a short focal length OTA, it is also ideal for big, diffused nebulae. The miniCAM5F is a really mini camera, so it is excellent for building a compact imaging system.For exemple with a little mount as SW Star Adventurer.

The camera has full anti-moisture features, utilizing a built-in heater board to prevent moisture from forming on the CMOS chamber window, as well as the option to insert bundled silica gel tubes into the CMOS chamber when necessary.

Producing affordable, multi-purpose and high-quality cameras has been our goal. QHYCCD hopes this camera will pleasantly surprise you during your astrophotography sessions.


  • CMOS Sensor: MT9M034
  • CMOS Size: Typical 1/3 inch
  • Effective Pixel: 1280*960
  • Pixel Size: 3.75um*3.75um
  • Readout Type: Progressive Scan
  • Shutter: 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: 8bit/12bit(output)
  • Readout clock: 48MHz/72MHz
  • Readout Noise: High Gain 2e- Medium Gain 4e- Low Gain 7e-
  • Full Well: 18ke-
  • Mechanical interface: 1.25" / C mount (*)
  • Optic glass window: Mono: AR+AR Clear glass
  • Silicon gel socket: Yes
  • Cooling: Two stage TEC
  • Max Cooling: Typical -38C below ambient
  • Weight(Camera only): 372g
  • Power Consumption: 0% Cooling power at 3.7Watt, 50% Cooling Power 11 Watt
  • Guider Interface: Not availble
  • USB2.0 Interface: Yes
  • Build-in Color Wheel: Yes, 9 position motor driven CFW support 12mm diameter mini filters.

(* Although this camera has C-mount threads, its back focus is only about 20mm so it does not adequately support the back focus requirement of C-MOUNT lenses. The camera comes with a 1.25inch C-thread T-ring used to connect to the telescope.)

miniCAM5F Image Gallery by Beta Test User. Saturn captured by Terry Lovejoy. Deep sky objects captured by Maximo Suárez.

The color image was taken using a miniCAM5F with the 12mm L, R, G, B filter set. Click the images to view at full resolution.

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Standard parts:

  • Safe case
  • Drytube
  • 12v DC and USB cable(1.8)
  • C TO F Interface and 1.25 inch extend
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Color Moon miniCAM5F LRGB vs QHY5L-II-C.

"I am really amazed with the quality of the mono sensor with filters. It is much much better than the bayer sensor. I am very happy with the minicam5f. The details are of course better but the colors are really better. I will have a lot of work to do on the Moon." -- Alain

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