Canon 1100D Modification

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Modified Canon 1100D

I was requested by a friend to modify a Canon 1100D DSLR for astronomical use. The modification involved the removal of the stock UV-IR filter, making the camera more sensitive to H-alpha wavelengths emitted by most deep-space nebula. For more images of the camera modification, click here.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

Modified 450D’s First Light

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With the built-in filter removed and replaced with a Baader UV-IR filter, the camera now has an optimized sensitivity to red, particularly, to H-alpha light. H-alpha light is perceived by the naked eye as deep red hue. It is important to astrophotographers because certain types of nebula emit light at this wavelength. Image taken with a modified Canon 450D and a Sky-Watcher 100ED refractor. To view highest resolution available, click here.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
March 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Modified Canon 450D DSLR for astro-imaging (August 2014)

Here is my most recent prototype of a Peltier-cooled Canon 450D DSLR intended for astro-imaging. The intention was to incorporate improvement into each version. In this particular prototype, the camera is housed in a smaller plastic case, making it more compact, lighter, and more sturdy.

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Modified Canon 450D DSLR for astro-imaging (August 2014) mounted on a Sky-Watcher 100ED refractor. View test shot here.

A custom-fabricated aluminum lens mount is used to allow the modified camera to accept standard Canon lenses and T-adapters. A Baader UV-IR filter is used to optimize sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths, which also serves as the sealed chamber’s optical window. During operation, sensor temperature drops to 30 degrees C below ambient. To avoid dew from condensing on the optical window, coils of fine nichrome wire were used.

Dimensions: 16 cm x 12 cm x 7 cm case with 7.5 cm x 7 cm x 6 cm heat sink protruding on one side
Weight: approximately 1250 grams
Temperature: up to 30 deg C below ambient
Power supply: 12V 12A for the Peltier module, 8.4V 1.5A for the camera

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Modified Canon 450D DSLR (March 2014)

Modified Canon 450D DSLR (March 2014)
My most recent project: a camera that can take photos of deep space! It has special filters to make it more sensitive to galaxies and nebula, and operates at freezing temperatures to minimize sensor noise.

Shown in above is my most recent version of a TEC-cooled (Peltier) Canon 450D DSLR intended for astro-imaging. This one has been housed in rigid plastic case with custom-fabricated aluminum lens mount to accept standard Canon lenses and T-adapters. The camera’s stock filters (both the IR and the dust-cleaning filter) were replaced with a Baader UV-IR filter to optimize sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths and also serve as the sealed chamber’s optical window. During operation, sensor temperature drops to 35 degrees C below ambient.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Astrophotography Lecture and Workshop (March 12, 2014)

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One of the photos taken during the astrophotography workshop held in UP Diliman on March 12, 2014, hosted by the UP Photography Society (UP OPTICS). Photo Credit: Jodel Cuasay. Image taken with an Olympus Pen EP-3 camera mounted on a telescope with a focal length of 900 mm at ISO 400, f/2, 1/100 sec exposure. Published with permission.

Congratulations to all the participants! For more astrophotos taken during the workshop, click here.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

UP OPTICS Astrophotography Workshop

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Image Credit: UP OPTICS

The UP Photography Society (UP OPTICS), a duly recognized photography organization of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, will be holding an Astrophotography Workshop as part of the UP OPTICS Photography Workshop Series 2014.

The workshop will be held on March 12, 2014, at 6-8 pm (venue will be announced later) and is open for both UP students and non-UP participants. Learn the basics skills in astrophotography and find out how to capture the Milky Way using just an entry-level DSLR!

To register (limited slots), click here.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) DSLR Modification

In this article, I will describe how I modified a Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) DSLR to become a dedicated astronomical camera, with all functions intact including its auto-focus capabilities, and thus, may still be used for non-astronomical purposes. The camera belongs to a fellow astronomy enthusiast and I was happy to accommodate the request to have it modified. It took me around 2 hours to complete the modification.

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Canon 1000D DSLR modified for astrophotography

The modification involves the replacement of the camera’s stock (built-in) filter with a Baader BCF (Baader Conversion Filter). This filter allows greater sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths emitted by most deep-sky objects, while at the same time eliminate unwanted UV and other IR wavelengths. This filter is necessary for any system that uses lenses in the optical train. To learn about the key steps involved in this camera modification, click here.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Cooled DSLR with custom-fabricated Canon lens mount

Shown below is my most recent version of a TEC-cooled (Peltier) Canon 450D DSLR intended for astro-imaging. This one has been housed in an aluminum case with custom-fabricated aluminum lens mount to accept standard Canon lenses and T-adapters. The camera’s stock filters (both the IR and the dust-cleaning filter) were replaced with a Baader UV-IR filter to optimize sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths and also serve as the sealed chamber’s optical window. During operation, sensor temperature drops to 35 degrees C below ambient.
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To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

TEC (Peltier)-cooled Canon 450D DSLR

TEC (Peltier)-cooled Canon 450D DSLR
TEC (Peltier)-cooled Canon 450D DSLR

Here’s an upgrade of my previous TEC-cooled 450D project. It uses a cold copper plate mounted directly at the back of the imaging sensor, which is then cooled by a stack of 2 Peltiers, one being more powerful than the other (40 mm and 30 mm modules). Non-electrically conductive thermal paste (Zalman) has been used to promote effective heat transfer and yet avoid electrical hazard.  A12V 12A DC adapter powers the fan, Peltiers, and the heater.  A standard Canon adapter powers the camera. Read more.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Canon 450D DSLR Modification

Noise associated with warm sensor temperatures during long-exposure shots usually has an effect of turning a supposedly black region into noisy and grainy one. In a typical DSLR, thermal noise is further increased since a DSLR’s imaging sensor heats up during exposure, thus, causing its temperature to reach up to 10 deg C above ambient (sensor temperature reaching up to 35 to 40 deg C). By cooling down the sensor, it is possible to eliminate or somehow minimize this thermal noise.

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Filter modified (Baader BCF) and Peltier-cooled Canon 450D

In this project, I will describe how I modified my Canon 450D DSLR to become a dedicated astronomical camera, with all functions intact including the auto-focus capabilities, and thus, may still be used for non-astronomical purposes. Read more.

To view other my other DSLR modification projects, follow the links below:
August 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (improved sealed chamber prototype)
March 2014 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2014 Modified Canon 1000D DSLR (Baader BCF filter replacement)
December 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging (custom-fabricated lens mount)
November 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for  Astro-imaging (sealed chamber prototype)
February 2013 Modified Canon 450D DSLR for Astro-imaging

For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
To visit my astrophoto gallery, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)