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Tag Archive: DSLR 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

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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)

I look forward to a great and more productive year ahead, especially that this season’s long vacation finally gave me ample time to upgrade my gear and work on my most ambitious project to date: a Peltier-cooled filter-modified Canon 450D DSLR.

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My first prototype of a thermo-electric cooling system (or the Peltier module). I intend to use this module to cool down the sensor of my filter-modified DSLR to minimize noise. So far I was able to lower the temperature to 12 deg C, from an ambient of 33.2 deg C. This is still a work-in-progress.

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)

My first prototype of a thermo-electric cooling system (or the Peltier module)

It’s been cloudy here in the Philippines for a week now, so I decided to continue instead with with one of my pending projects: the thermo-electric cooling system (or the Peltier module). I intend to use it to cool down the sensor of my DSLR. This is my first time to setup one and I do not have any experience at all with this kind of stuff. So far I was able to lower the temperature to 12 deg C, from an ambient of 33.2 deg C. I just learned today that even the slightest obstruction in the airflow could mean a difference of 1 deg C. Will continue to tweak this prototype and hope to I could still improve it in the cloudy nights to come :)

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