Altair Hypercam 26M APS-C Mono Camera 16bit

Product code: AA26MTEC
in stock
£1,599.00 UK Price
£1,332.50 (ex. VAT) International Price
PayPal Checkout
You will earn 1599 loyalty points with this purchase

Product information

The new standard in astro imaging, Altair Hypercam 26M 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 26M is the clear choice for the serious astro imaging enthusiast, 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 we know of, from 0.79e- in HCG +Ultra Mode and a maximum full well depth of 51.3Ke, the Hypercam 26M is the ultimate Mono 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 26M 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 downloaded at

Hypercam 26M 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 Optical Window

Mono 26M: 380-1050nm AR coated

Colour 26C: UVIR filter 400-690nm AR coated



Read Noise (depends on gain setting, HCG, LCG and Ultra Mode)

2.35 - 0.7 e-

Qe Approx.

>90% Peak

Full Well Capacity



8bit 16bit


TEC, -35C below ambient

Max Frame Rate @ Full Resolution

6.8 FPS 16bit - 13.2FPS 8bit

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:

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 0747742378706
GTIN 0747742378706
Brand Altair
Product Code AA26MTEC
Delivery Weight Package