Product Code: 1630081

Altair Hypercam 174M USB3.0 Mono Camera

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The Altair Hypercam IMX174 camera has the sought-after Sony Pregius Global Shutter IMX174 CMOS sensor, with extremely low read noise and 2.3-megapixel resolution. The IMX174 sensor is particularly desirable for solar and high resolution planetary imaging at long focal lengths, where high frame rates and high dynamic range are required to get the most detail in post-processing.

Key Features: Altair Hypercam 174M USB3.0 Mono Camera

  • Large format 1/2" sensor
  • Peak quantum efficiency of 78%
  • Global shutter eliminates motion distortion inherent in rolling shutter sensors, as well as CCD-smearing
  • Fixed pattern noise (common with global shutter CMOS cameras) is eliminated
  • Low read noise 6 electrons (e-)
  • Saturation (full well) capacity 32,000 electrons (e-)
  • Dynamic range 73 dB

Hypercam IMX174 imaging applications: The IMX174 sensor is a very good match for the Daystar Quark and Altair Astro refractor combinations because the large pixel size, global shutter, low read noise and wide dynamic range allow prominences and surface detail to be captured in the same frame, without having to over-expose the image and lose detail. Images sharpen up very well because there is no fixed pattern noise with this sensor. The Hypercam IMX174 camera has been developed with solar imaging in mind, and works best with 100mm plus refractors and the Daystar Quark operating at around 3000mm focal length or more. It really comes into its own with larger refractors.

Video astronomy and long exposure deepsky imaging: Although the Hypercam IMX174 is considered the best tool for long focal length solar system imaging, it is also quite capable of long exposures, and will deliver very good results for deepsky imaging and video astronomy (or EAA) using the Live Stacking features in the free AltairCapture software or SharpCap. (Firecapture is also supported - now in Beta release). Time-lapse all-sky imaging and video is fully supported, and the camera can be used with a CS-Mount lens to hunt for meteors or aurora.

Speed and reliability in one camera: USB3.0 and on-board memory buffering give much faster transfer speeds than the GPCAM USB2.0 series, pushing the USB3.0 format to the limit, yet within a stable envelope. Memory buffering almost completely eliminates dropped frames and corrupted video files, a common problem with USB cameras, and enables faster more consistent frame rates, even with less powerful notebook computers. Consistency and stability is improved for video capture sequences - especially desirable for scientific applications.

SPECIAL OFFER! FREE 1 YEAR SharCap PRO License with all Altair Hypercam 178C Cameras! Click here for more SC PRO feature info . Just download the latest SharpCap, connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and sign up for your free license. Sharpcap PRO has the amazingly accurate guidescope polar alignment routine, focus assistance, live flat field subtraction and many more great features to make deepsky, EAA or solar system imaging that much easier. Download SharpCap now to take advantage of this special offer.

Included in your purchase:

  • Camera body with internal cooling fan, heat-sink, and front female M42x0.75mm T-Thread interface
  • 1.8 m High-speed USB3.0 cable
  • 1.5 m ST4 guide cable
  • 1.25” x nosepiece with female 1.25" filter thread on the front. (An optional 2" OD Nosepiece is available, code ALTAIRH-2IN)
  • CS-Mount insert (12.5mm back-focus) is pre-installed on camera. (Optional 5mm extension adapter available for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5 mm back-focus)
  • Camera casing with M42 thread (12.5mm backfocus)
  • Built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coatings. (Removable for sensor cleaning)
  • Plastic dust cap 1.25"
  • Silicon dust cap for sensor
  • Allen key for removing the C-Thread insert

Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. To operate the camera you will need to download the latest camera drivers at .

Sensor & performance specifications:

  • ALTAIRH174M: SONY Exmor R BSI IMX174 Mono CMOS sensor
  • Sensor Size: 1/1.2" diagonal (13.4 mm)
  • Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.025 ms (0.000025 secs) / 5 secs (Video Mode) 0.025 ms (0.000025 secs) / 1000 secs (16.66 mins) (Trigger Mode)
  • Bit depth: 8 bit & 12 bit mode switchable
  • Pixel size microns: 5.86 x 5.86 um
  • Resolution in pixels: 1920 x 1200
  • Recording System: Still Picture and Video
  • Region of Interest (ROI) support: Available
  • Approx. Max frame rates* (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth):
    • 8 bit mode:
      • 1920 x 1200 128FPS
      • 640 x 480 286-300+ FPS ROI
      • 320 x 240 514FPS ROI
    • 12 bit mode:
      • Approx 50% of above
  • Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency: 78% Peak
  • Gain Sensitivity: 1016 mV
  • Dynamic Range: 73 dB
  • Read Noise: 6e-
  • Readout: Electronic Global Shutter

* Based on average user reports. May be revised as we get more data. The shorter the exposure duration, the faster the frame rate. An expensive PC does not guarantee a fast frame rate because PC bus and main board architecture vary.

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Product Code: 1630081-wex Manufacturers Part Number: ALTAIRH174M1