Altair Hypercam 26C APS-C Colour TEC Astronomy 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.

The Hypercam 26C is the clear choice for the serious astro imager, outperforming CCD cameras in every respect both in read noise and sensitivity with an incredible Peak Quantum Efficiency of over 90%.

Combined with the lowest read noise of any CMOS astronomy camera from 0.79e- in HCG mode and a maximum full well depth of 51.3Ke, the Hypercam 26 is the ultimate APS-C format astronomy camera.

The camera sensor is guaranteed not to frost for two years** and it has a heated AR coated optical window with variable power settings.

For many, this may be the final camera to own in their astro imaging journey, and in terms of read noise, to date, it outperforms any DSLR or CMOS astronomy camera we know of using the same sensor.

Hypercam 26C headline specs:

  • 26mp APS-C size Back Illuminated Sony IMX571 sensor
  • 16bit ADC yields 65,536 grey levels in the image 
  • Zero Amp Glow even at 10mins exposure
  • 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.
  • Included armoured case
  • Included basic 240~110v compatible 12v DC power supply with your choice UK, USA or EU plug
  • Software & drivers downloadable at

Hypercam 26C Specifications:

Model number: AA26CTEC
USB Interface USB3.0 Type-B socket (Supports USB2.0).
Colour Mono Colour
Sensor Sony IMX571
Resolution 26mp 6224 x 4168px
Pixel Size 3.76 um
Image Area 23.4mm x 15.7mm
Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm
Sensor Optical Window Mono 26M: 380-1050nm AR coated
Colour 26C: UVIR filter 400-690nm AR coated
Shutter Rolling
Read Noise (depends on gain setting, HCG, LCG and Ultra Mode) 0.79 e- HCG + Ultra Mode
Qe Approx. >90% Peak
Full Well Capacity 51ke-
ADC 8bit 16bit
Cooling TEC, -35C below ambient
Max Frame Rate @ Full Resolution 6.8 FPS 16bit - 14FPS 8bit (low noise mode switched off, frame speed set to Max, Windows 11 i7 or higher).
Guide Port None
Rear USB Hub 2x USB2.0 Ports
Region Of Interest ROI Supported
SNR Max 47.1 dB
Dynamic Range 86.8 dB (Ultra Low Noise Mode)
Exposure range 0.1ms 3600secs
HCG Mode/ LCG Mode Support Yes
Camera front flange thread M42x075mm Female
Sensor to flange distance 17.5mm
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 therefore we recommend a high conductivity USB3.0 and a premium cable of no longer than 2metres.

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

Altair Astro and dealers reserve the right to change product specification at any time.

Product Info

EAN 0747742378669
GTIN 0747742378690
Brand Altair
Product Code AA26CTEC
Delivery Weight Package