Altair Hypercam AA61CFX Full Frame Cooled Color Camera 16bit

Altair SKU: AA61CFX


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The ultimate Full Frame 16bit astro imaging camera with latest Sony 61 mega-pixel IMX455 BSI sensor.

Ultra low read noise and super high quantum efficiency in a large 36x24mm format.

The Hypercam AA61CFX is the ultimate choice for the serious astro imaging enthusiast who wants a full frame camera which will outperform any CCD camera in both in read noise and sensitivity.

Performance is exemplary: An incredible Peak Quantum Efficiency of over 90%, extremely low read noise in HCG + Ultra modes, and a maximum full well depth of 110.4Ke- in LCG mode (50.8Ke in HCG mode). This means you can get above the noise threshold quickly, maximising signal with minimal exposure times. 

The camera sensor chamber is guaranteed not to frost for two years in normal use, and has a heated optical window with variable power settings.**

In terms of read noise and sensitivity, this camera outperforms any full frame DSLR using the same sensor, or CCD astronomy camera we know of.

Hypercam 61 FX Camera headline specs:

  • 61mp Full Frame FX size Back Illuminated Sony IMX455 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 basic 240~110v compatible 12v DC power supply with your choice UK, USA or EU plug
  • Armoured case included
  • Software & drivers downloaded at

Hypercam 61CFX Specifications:

Model number:


USB Interface

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

Colour / Mono



Sony IMX455


61mp 9568 x 6380px

Pixel Size

3.76 um

Image Area

35.976mm x 23.989mm

Sensor Diagonal

43.3 mm

Sensor Optical Window

Mono: 380-1050nm AR coated

Colour: UVIR filter 400-690nm AR coated



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

1.95e- (HCG + Ultra Mode)

Qe Approx.

>90% Peak

Full Well Capacity

110.40Ke- LCG (50.8Ke- HCG)


8bit / 16bit


TEC, -35C below ambient

Max Frame Rate @ Full Resolution

6.2 FPS 8bit - 3.1 FPS 16bit



Guide Port


Rear USB Hub

2x USB2.0 Ports

Region Of Interest ROI



47.1 dB

Dynamic Range

88.3 dB (Ultra Low Noise Mode)

Exposure range

0.1ms – 3600secs

HCG Mode/ LCG Mode Support


Camera front flange thread

M54x075mm Female (M48 with optional adaptor)

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 i7 or better with USB 3.0 or 3.1 port. 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.