Camera Hypercam IMX174 USB3.0 Mono Altair Astro



La Hypercam IMX174 Colore USB 3.0 Altair Astro monta il sensore CMOS Sony IMX174 con una risoluzione di 2.3mp, un rumore di lettura bassissimo e un'elevata sensibilità

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La Hypercam IMX174 Colore USB 3.0 Altair Astro monta il sensore CMOS Sony IMX174 con una risoluzione di 2.3mp, un rumore di lettura bassissimo e un'elevata sensibilità

Questa camera può essere utilizzata per riprese solari, planetarie e lunari, inoltre si può utilizzare anche per riprese deep-sky.


Potrete utilizzare tranquillamente la maggior parte dei programmi in commercio per le riprese, come FireCapture, Sharpcap oppure il suo software dedicato AltairCapture.

 free AltairCapture software


La USB3.0 di questa Hypercam vi garantisce uno scarico dati molto superiore rispetto alla GPCAM, in questo modo non avrete mai un problema di rallentamento o perdita di dati scaricati, saranno tutti sani e salvi sul vostro PC!


La camera è dotata anche di porta ST4 in modo da poterla usare anche come autoguida!


- Sensore di grande formato 1/2"

- SONY STARVIS e tecnologia Exmor R ad elevata sensibilità

- Rumore di lettura molto basso, 6e-





La ventola interna di raffreddamento può essere accesa o spenta a piacimento

Questo sistema rende il rumore dovuto al surriscaldamento del sensore della Hypercam IMX174 molto meno visibile!

Questa ventola è molto silenziosa e non disturba minimamente la vostra ripresa; è connessa direttamente al sensore in modo da rendere molto efficiente il raffreddamento della vostra camera!





Video astronomy and long exposure deepsky imaging: Although the Hypercam IMX174 is considered the best tool for long focal length solar system imaging, it is also quite capable of long exposures, and will deliver very good results for deepsky imaging and video astronomy (or EAA) using the Live Stacking features in the free AltairCapture software or SharpCap. (Firecapture is also supported - now in Beta release). Time-lapse all-sky imaging and video is fully supported, and the camera can be used with a CS-Mount lens to hunt for meteors or aurora.


Speed and reliability in one camera: USB3.0 and on-board memory buffering give much faster transfer speeds than the GPCAM USB2.0 series, pushing the USB3.0 format to the limit, yet within a stable envelope. Memory buffering almost completely eliminates dropped frames and corrupted video files, a common problem with USB cameras, and enables faster more consistent frame rates, even with less powerful notebook computers. Consistency and stability is improved for video capture sequences - especially desirable for scientific applications.


QUALITY software and drivers included: Unlike cheaper cameras, Altair Astro has spent considerable time developing the extensively featured and intuitive AltairCapture software, which can be downloaded from AltairCapture is a stable 64 bit Windows application, which allows full control of the camera in high speed video or still mode. It includes extensive automation features, and supports all the major file formats useful for astro imaging and professional scientific imaging in 16bit, 12bit or 8bit mode. Furthermore, the popular PHD Guiding, SharpCap and Firecapture are also natively supported. ASCOM drivers are also available for download at where you can also get regular driver updates. The installation process is very simple, and unlike with cheaper cameras, there is no need to waste time tweaking .DLL files to make your camera perform as expected.


Wide compatibility: Although the Hypercam is a USB3.0 camera, it is also fully compatible with USB2.0 ports when a longer cable and less speed are required, for example in deepsky or video astronomy using the live stacking features in AltairCapture or Sharpcap. Windows 7 to Windows 10 software is widely supported by AltairCapture in 64bit mode (see technical info for details).


Autoguiding: The camera has an ST4 auto-guiding port, and can be used to auto-guide with mounts from all the major manufacturers supporting ST4 format, including iOptron, Celestron and Skywatcher. The IMX224 is more than sensitive enough for autoguiding.


Fan cooling: The Hypercam is cooled with and internal low vibration fan. The fan can be switched on or off and the speed controlled in AltairCapture and SharpCap. Cool air is drawn in through the vents at the side of the casing, over a large internal heat-sink. The heat-sink is connected directly with the sensor board just like a computer CPU. The free flow of air through the casing cools not only the sensor, but all the internal electronics boards. Cooling is especially desirable for long exposure imaging to reduce thermal noise. Some camera casings get uncomfortably hot during a solar imaging session, and the sensor can reach around 60 or even 70 degrees. This can cause the electronics to become glitchy and unreliable. The Hypercam is designed for consistent, reliable solar imaging with a solar filter and diagonal or Hershel Wedge. With the fan running, the Hypercam casing will always remain cool. 


Support & warranty: Altair delivers proper on-shore English-speaking UK/EU support with a 2 year manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. New users should visit Altair Camera Google User Group where you can get answers to technical questions. The group is also a great place to share tips and techniques, to get the best out of your camera. The AltairCapture software interface supports most European languages including English, German, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish.


File formats: The camera can be fully controlled in AltairCapture and SharpCap to output uncompressed .AVI and .SER video files for solar system imaging, as well as all common still image formats such as .JPEG .PNG .TIFF .BMP, and .FITS (for deepsky imaging) to mention just a few. The Hypercam supports 8bit or 12bit output. The 12 bit output mode can be used for deep sky imaging with less frames needing to be stacked and a wider pixel intensity range. The IMX224 sensor is extremely sensitive and a good candidate for video astronomy, especially with small refractors. Find out more about bit depth hereFind out more about video & file formats here.


What’s different about the Hypercam platform compared to the GPCAM platform? You’ll notice the Hypercam has a larger casing than the GPCAM and GPCAM2. This is to house larger electronics boards which support trigger mode and frame buffering, the additional electronics for USb3.0 support, and to house the fan-cooled large heat-sink.


The Hypercam platform: The Hypercam platform supports “Trigger Mode” to make long exposures of over 5 seconds easier to control. With most cameras, in normal video mode, you have to wait for an exposure to complete before the camera will accept, say a command to abort the frame, for say clouds, aircraft, or an alignment issue, like kicking the tripod and so-on, or for routine changes in gain, exposure time, , re-aligning or refocusing on the object. For long exposures, normal video mode is inconvenient, especially for video astronomy and deep-sky imaging, however in Trigger mode, you can stop the camera instantly (even if you are half way through a long 30 second exposure) change the settings, and re-start the camera looping again. The Hypercam also has an improved on-board frame buffer to improve data transfer stability at high frame rates (to reduce dropped frames) and to increase compatibility with a wider range of PCs. The improved buffers give a more consistent data transfer rate over USB2.0 and USB3.0 buses on laptops and desktop PCs. 


Included in the box:

Camera body with internal cooling fan, heat-sink, and front female M42x0.75mm T-Thread interface.

1.8m High-speed USB3.0 cable.

1.5m ST4 guide cable.

1.25 inch x nosepiece with female 1.25" filter thread on the front. (an optional 2" OD Nosepiece is available)

CS-Mount insert (12.5mm back-focus) is pre-installed on camera. (Optional 5mm extension adapter available for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5mm back-focus.)

Camera casing with M42 thread (12.5mm backfocus).

Built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coatings. (Removable for sensor cleaning).

Plastic dust cap 1.25".

Silicon dust cap for sensor.

Allen key for removing the C-Thread insert.

Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. To operate the camera you will need to download the latest camera drivers at (opens new window)


Sensor & performance specifications:

ALTAIRH174M: SONY Exmor IMX174 Mono CMOS sensor

Sensor Size: 1/1.2" diagonal (13.4mm)

Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.025 ms (0.000025 secs) / 5 secs (Video Mode)

0.025 ms (0.000025 secs) / 1000 secs (16.66mins) (Trigger Mode)

Bit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchable

Pixel size microns: 5.86x5.86 um

Resolution in pixels: 1920x1200

Recording System: Still Picture and Video

Region of Interest (ROI) support: Available

Approx. Max frame rates* (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth):

8bit mode:

1920x1200 128FPS

640x480 286-300+ FPS ROI

320x240 514FPS ROI

12bit mode:

Approx. 50% of above

* Based on average user reports. May be revised as we get more data. The shorter the exposure duration, the faster the frame rate. An expensive PC does not guarantee a fast frame rate because bus and motherboard architecture vary.



Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency: 78% Peak

Gain Sensitivity: 1016mv;

Dynamic Range: 73db;

Read Noise: 6e-

Readout: Electronic Global Shutter



Software & OS support:

Drivers & AltairCapture software download (Windows only): (opens new window). 

Driver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)

AltairCapture OS support: Win XP 32bit / Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)

SharpCap (a 3rd party application) is also fully supported and tested with native drivers.

Firecapture (a 3rd party application) is being tested with native drivers, see latest release.

USB Port & Cable: 3.0 USB Cable, 1.8m cable

ST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO.


Camera Format:

Cooling: High Performance Electronic Fan-cooling System with Heat-sink

Camera body length: 80 mm

Weight grams: 320 g (camera net weight)

Optical window can be removed:

Mono Camera: AR-coated clear protect window 350-1050nm wavelength transmission

Colour Camera: AR-coated UV/IR blocking filter 400-700nm wavelength Transmission


Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:

Optical Window is removable for cleaning.

Camera body: OD 65mm

Camera body thread: M42x0.75 T2 Thread to CS -Mount insert allows direct attachment of CS-Mount lens (or C-Mount lens with optional 5mm extension).

C-mount lens adapter 5mm extension: Optional

C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 17.5mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.

CS-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.5mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.

Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD and 2” OD (optional), Female thread

Sensor surface distance from flat end of CS-mount adapter: 12.5 mm

Sensor surface distance from flat end of 1.25" / M42 Astro adapter: 37 mm


Operating environment conditions:

Power consumption: 0.905 W (standby);

                  1.68 W (running with Fan off);

                  2.525 (running with Fan on);

Max operating temp: 50 °C

Lowest operating temp: -10 °C

Max operating humidity: 80 % RH

Power source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable)


Windows PC Hardware Requirements:

Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or Higher

Minimum Memory: 2GB or More

USB port: USB2.0 High-speed Port or USB3.0 High-speed Port 

Monitor Display: 17" or Larger

Software delivery: Downloaded online and saved to hard drive.



Protective silicon rubber end-cap for camera CS-thread.

Plastic end cap for 1.25" nosepiece.

Padded cardboard storage box with durable foam inserts


Optional Accessories:

2 inch x 22mm nosepiece with 2” filter thread.

C-Mount 5mm extension adapter for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5mm back-focus.

Clear AR coated optical window;


Software delivery: Downloaded online at and saved to hard drive.

Quick Start & AltairCapture instructions: Downloaded online at and saved to hard drive.


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Acquistata solo qualche giorno fa è una camera veramente ben fatta
Semplice da utilizzare e il sensore Sony è veramente poco rumoroso
Ottimo anche il case adatto alla dispersione del calore

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    Camera Hypercam IMX174 USB3.0 Mono Altair Astro

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    La Hypercam IMX174 Colore USB 3.0 Altair Astro monta il sensore CMOS Sony IMX174 con una risoluzione di 2.3mp, un rumore di lettura bassissimo e un'elevata sensibilità

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