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QHYCCD, founded by Qiu Hongyun, Ph.D., produced China’s first CCD cameras for astronomical observations in 2003. Despite the increased pressure of competition from established manufacturers, QHYCCD continued to develop and produce larger and more capable cameras contributing to its rise in popularity not only in China but also in the U.S. and Europe over the ensuing years. In less than 10 years, the QHY line expanded to about a dozen models. Today satisfied QHY customers include the LAMOST Observatory with eight QHY45 cameras on the largest optical telescope in China (4 meters).

Unlike some companies that primarily offer one type of camera, either CCD or CMOS, QHYCCD has expertise in development of both types, large and small. The broad product line of QHYCCD, with cameras costing over $40,000 to as little as $99, means that there is a high quality scientific grade camera available for nearly any budget or application. As many amateur astronomers can testify, QHY cameras have been usedby amateurs for nearly 20 years with satisfaction and success. “If you want to buy the same performance (in other products) some prices are twice as much as QHYCCD. And even compared to those products costing more than twice as much, QHYCCD is not inferior.”

Many amateurs are performing research and contributing to science in the field of astronomy. However, unlike professionals, the vast majority of amateur astronomers, particularly in the United States and Europe, take images for aesthetic reasons rather than scientific research or discovery. Overwhelming evidence of the use of QHY cameras for aesthetic astro-imaging can be found on the QHY Flickr group. The extraordinarily low noise and high sensitivity of QHY CMOS cameras has made them the camera of choice for planetary imaging where stacking and processing numerous frames tremendously improves the image.

Whether you are a professional astronomer or an amateur, doing research or taking aesthetic images, QHYCCD has a solution that will help you. With nearly 20 years of experience, QHY has the expertise to provide a quality product for just about any need.

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