QHY533 M/C Pro – Cooled CMOS Camera


QHY533M/C, new generation of back-illuminated CMOS cameras with 3.76um pixels

IC443, Jellyfish NebulaBy Nico Carver ( QHYCCD QHY533M, Askar FRA300 Pro, Astrodon H-alpha 5nm & OIII 3nm filters, 2.4h.

With the advantage of low readout noise and high-speed readout, CMOS technology has revolutionized astronomical imaging.

The QHY533M/C is a new generation of back-illuminated CMOS cameras with 3.76um pixels.

The QHY533M/C uses the similar series of sensor as the flagship models QHY600 and QHY268, featuring zero glow and low noise.


SH2-129 con QHY533 M/C ProCourtesy of  Jumeau Ludovic (Oct 2022) Excif OIII – 438x300s Antlia OIII filtro 3nm – 140x300s Antlia Ha 3nm filtro – CEM40 – Bisel Askar 400 y reductor fd 3.9 – procesamiento de Pix y PhotoshopBSI

One benefit of the back-illuminated CMOS structure is improved full well capacity. This is particularly helpful for sensors with small pixels. In a typical front-illuminated sensor, photons from the target entering the photosensitive layer of the sensor must first pass through the metal wiring that is embedded just above the photosensitive layer. The wiring structure reflects some of the photons and reduces the efficiency of the sensor.

In the back- illuminated sensor the light is allowed to enter the photosensitive surface from the reverse side. In this case the sensor’s embedded wiring structure is below the photosensitive layer. As a result, more incoming photons strike the photosensitive layer and more electrons are generated and captured in the pixel well. This ratio of photon to electron production is called quantum efficiency. The higher the quantum efficiency the more efficient the sensor is at converting photons to electrons and hence the more sensitive the sensor is to capturing an image of something dim.


Zero Amplify Glow

The QHY533 This is also a zero amplifier glow camera.

Anti-Dew Technology

Based on almost 20-year cooled camera design experience, The QHY cooled camera has implemented the fully dew control solutions. The optic window has built-in dew heater and the chamber is protected from internal humidity condensation. An electric heating board for the chamber window can prevent the formation of dew and the sensor itself is kept dry with our silicon gel tube socket design for control of humidity within the sensor chamber.



In addition to dual stage TE cooling, QHYCCD implements proprietary technology in hardware to control the dark current noise.



QHY533M and 533C have different interface designed to be more flexible to deal with different use scenarios.



QHY533C will offer a free Adapter Kit E, which can be directly connected to the 55mm BFL M48 interface MPCC, or Nikon / Canon DSLR lens (QHY COMBO B2, sold separately). At the same time, the QHY533C provides C-port thread and you can directly mount C-port lens.


QHY533M external use of threaded interface can be directly connected to the small filter wheel. When the QHY533M + filter wheel combination is connected to a DSLR lens, only an additional DSLR lens adapter ring (sold separately) is required to complete the focus. 

QHY533M/C comes with an additional adapter for tripod interface. This makes it easier to shoot with a DSLR lens.


QHY533M parallel position adjustment

The QHY533M uses threads to connect to the QHYCFW3S,so there might be a small problem: the sensor may not remain parallel to the filter wheel when the threads are fully rotated. In this case you can adjust the front part of the 533M to the angle of sensor correct.






Model QHY533M QHY533C
Pixel Size 3.76um x 3.76um
Effective Pixel Area 3080*3280 (includes the optically black area and overscan area)
Effective Pixels 9MP
Sensor Size 1 inch
A/D Sample Depth Native 14-bit A/D
Full Well Capacity (1×1, 2×2, 3×3) 58ke-
Full Frame Rate USB3.0 Port:
Full Resolution  27FPS  @8BIT         18FPS @16BIT
Readout Noise 1.3 to 3.4e-
Dark Current -20C,0.0005e- /pixel/sec
Exposure Time Range 30us-3600sec
Unity Gain 68
Amp Control Zero Amplifer Glow
Shutter Type Electronic Shutter
Computer Interface USB3.0
Built-in Image Buffer 1Gbyte DDR3 Memory
Cooling System Two-stage TEC coolerLess than 1S lower than ambient temperature -30C in continuous mode

More than 1S continuous mode or lower than ambient temperature -35C in single frame mode

(Test temperature +20°)

Optic Window Type AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
Anti-Dew Heater Yes
Telescope Interface Support M48 (with adapter)
Back Focal Length Actual Back Focal Consumed: 14 mm (Combined with CFW)

Standard BFL: 17.5mm(±0.5)

Weight 845g 845g


Mechanical Dimensions

QHY 533M

QHY 533C

Accessories and Match






Camera version

Color, Monochrome

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