Altair Hypercam 26C APS-C Colour Camera 16bit

Product code: AA26CTEC
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The new standard in astro imaging, Altair Hypercam 26C uses the latest 16bit Sony IMX571 sensor with ultra low read noise and super high quantum efficiency in a large APS-C format.

Launched in October 2020, the Altair 26C is probably the best performing CMOS astro camera of it's type in the world, with ultra low read noise.

For many, this may be the final camera to own in their astro imaging journey.

26mp APS-C size Back Illuminated Sony IMX571 sensor

  • 16bit ADC yields 65,536 grey levels in the image 
  • Zero Amp Glow
  • Special “Ultra Low Read Noise” mode
  • True Hardware Binning
  • 2 Stage TEC Cooling 
  • Heated Optical Window
  • 2 year warranty, with no sensor frosting guarantee**
  • Rear USB2.0 hub 2x ports
  • 12v power is required to run this camera
  • Supplied with armoured case
  • 240~110v compatible 12v DC power supply with UK, USA or EU plug
  • Software & drivers downloadable at

Hypercam 26C Specifications:

Model number:


USB Interface

USB3.0 Type-B socket (Supports USB2.0).

Colour Mono



Sony IMX571


26mp 6224 x 4168px

Pixel Size

3.76 um

Image Area

23.4mm x 15.7mm

Sensor Diagonal

28.3 mm

Sensor Protection Window

UVIR Block, AR Coating



Read Noise

2.6 - 1.14 e-

Ultra Low Noise Mode

2.35 - 1.16 e-

Qe Approx.

>80% Peak

Full Well Capacity



8bit 16bit


TEC, -35C below ambient

Max Frame Rate @ Full Resolution

6.8 FPS 16bit - 13.2FPS 8bit

DDR Memory


Guide Port


Rear USB Hub

2x USB2.0 Ports

Region Of Interest Roi



47.1 dB

Dynamic Range

86.8 dB (Ultra Low Noise Mode)

Exposure range

0.1ms – 3600secs

HCG Mode/ LCG Mode Support


Camera front flange thread

M42x075mm Female

Sensor to flange distance


TEC Power input

12.0v-13.0v DC (required to run the camera)

Recommended PC and USB system for the Hypercam 26C: Windows 10 PRO 64bit OS, Intel processor i5 or i7 (best) with USB 3.0 or 3.1 port. 8-16GB RAM (best). SSD drive recommended, disabling power policy and BIOS C-States or equivalent also recommended. Camera must have 12v power input connected to operate. Customers feedback that USB2.0 systems often do not have the bandwidth to support this camera and may work intermittently.

** for two years from delivery date, normal use, not applicable if camera sensor chamber seal is breached.

Product Info

EAN 0747742378669
Brand Altair
Product Code AA26CTEC
Delivery Weight Package