Lunático Astronomía


QHY miniCAM5-F-M CMOS camera


QHY miniCAM5-F-M, cooled camera with internal filter wheel with capacity for 9 minifilters (12mm.)

An entry-level camera you’ll want to keep forever!


QHY miniCAM5-F-M QHY miniCAM5-F-M, cooled cmos camera with built-in 9 position color wheel. Multipurpose camera supporting deep space, and planetary imaging.

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 example 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 have 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 available
  • USB2.0 Interface: Yes
  • Build-in Color Wheel: Yes, 9 positions 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.)

The camera is delivered:

  • In a high quality, rigid and waterproof case
  • With Silicon gel tube for QHY cameras
  • With 12v DC and USB cable(1.8)
  • With the filters that are requested according to option
  • With adapters: C  TO  F Interface and 1.25 inch extend
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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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Details of La Luna, detail and color comparison between miniCAM5F LRGB vs QHY5L-II-C.



12 mm. filters

5 filters: LRGB & Black, 7 filters: LRGB, Black, Ha & CH4, 8 filters: LRGB, Black, Ha, OIII & SII, 9 filters: LRGB, Black, Ha, OIII, SII & CH4

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