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    Default Re: Nikon D5300 astro mod



    Quote Originally Posted by ridleyrumpus View Post
    Fantastic results.

    Was it a difficult mod? Also do you know where you can buy suitable full spectrum glass to cover the sensor or are you not going to bother?
    that depends, if you never opened electronic stuff or never used a soldering iron/station, this can be a hard thing. but if you are familiar with stuff. its easy. need to be careful with cables and stuff.
    I'm not using any glass in front of the sensor. i'm keeping the coma corrector attached to the camera always so i think its safe from dust and stuff.
    i was searching for a proper clear glass but couldn't find any affordable solution that is not adding CA or other stuff to my images.
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    Default Re: Nikon D5300 astro mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Piet Le Roux View Post
    Great information! but you have convinced me to rather leave my D5300 as is. I have had some bad luck with a ccd camera that I want to use for guiding : its protective filter got a crack in it and I have removed it and have ordered a UV/IR cut filter to replace it with and it looks like (according to your data) that it should work fine. It has me wondering if there is a ideal filter to use for a guide camera, one is not really worried about color hues just good contrast from the best part of the spectrum to track stars with?
    i dont think you have to worry about using UV/IR cut filters with guide cameras. personally i use the one coming with the camera but you can leave it without any and may be get little more contrast.
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    Default Re: Nikon D5300 astro mod

    Hi geethq, I know this is an older thread but hoping you can help me out. I stumbled on this thread as I'm about to do a very similar setup with my rig. I have a question on your custom white balance though. People say to do the custom white balance WITH the filter in place. That being said, what did you set for you ISO and shutter speed values on the Nikon when doing your custom white balance? Since the camera is connected to a telescope and not a lens the camera won't allow you to do the WB measures in any auto mode. Thanks!

 

 
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