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Old 13-05-2019, 06:50 PM
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Modified my Nikon D5600

I've been ruminating about various mod options and finally decided to give it a go myself. Dealing with tiny cables and not knowing exactly how things are put together made the process scary, but the camera is back together and working.

The chip mounting plate is spring loaded and I forgot to count how many turns it took for each screw on the way out, so I've put then back in using the same number of turns on each - will be interesting to see how a star field looks.

I removed the filter leaving the chip with no replacement filter, but I use IDAS filters with the scope anyway.

Things look suitably reddish in the test shots - no good weather for a while though.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:15 AM
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Hey Tony,

Now that you're an expert.. Can I send you my Canon to do cheaply please...

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Old 16-05-2019, 10:40 AM
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I'm an expert in the 'knows enough to be dangerous' category

Have you seen the Lifepixel guides Carlton?

I tested the camera last night and it looks good. I screwed the spring loaded chip all the way down at reassembly and it looks square. There are a couple of faint marks in the images so I'll get proper cleaning swabs to clean the chip.

The image is a 2 min sub under 85% moonlight with an IDAS D2 filter.

Coincidently my father in law asked what I'd like for my birthday, so there's a Baader 7nm H alpha filter in the mail - looking forward to trying that with the moon. (heaps cheaper from Germany than the US by the way).
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Old 16-05-2019, 11:42 AM
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Well done Tony and welcome to the self modders club
If you haven't done so already, I strongly recommend you do a custom white balance using a grey card under full sun. This will remove the pink tinge in your images and make the blue stars pop out.
I have the cards, message me if you want to borrow them.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:12 PM
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Thanks Bo. I've sent a PM and happy to take any advice.
Here's a processed image, 27x2 min, taken under moonlight. ISO 400
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:18 PM
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Pm-ed you back Tony.
would be interested if you can do a custom white balance, then re-do the same shot with the same exposure times etc and compare them side by side!
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:34 PM
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Hi Tony,

Awesome work there. I hadnít read this thread before Bo commented on my excessive red thread saying heíll also lend me his grey cards. Looks like weíre in the same boat at the same time. Well done on doing the mod your self ! I was lucky enough to have a fellow IIS member see my treads earlier this year and offer me his already modded camera. Iím looking forward to seeing how the colour balance works for you too.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:46 PM
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Thanks Ryan. It would have cost $540 to get the mod done at Camera Clinic. Since the d5600 is a relatively cheap camera I decided it was worth the risk. I don't think I'd be as brave with a new Nikon Z6.

I'll pass Bo's cards along ASAP.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:48 PM
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Pm-ed you back Tony.
would be interested if you can do a custom white balance, then re-do the same shot with the same exposure times etc and compare them side by side!
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I'll do the comparison and post in this thread.
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I'm an expert in the 'knows enough to be dangerous' category

Have you seen the Lifepixel guides Carlton?

I tested the camera last night and it looks good. I screwed the spring loaded chip all the way down at reassembly and it looks square. There are a couple of faint marks in the images so I'll get proper cleaning swabs to clean the chip.

The image is a 2 min sub under 85% moonlight with an IDAS D2 filter.

Coincidently my father in law asked what I'd like for my birthday, so there's a Baader 7nm H alpha filter in the mail - looking forward to trying that with the moon. (heaps cheaper from Germany than the US by the way).
LOL, I'm in the knows less & still dangerous category...

Yes, I've read through the Lifepixel guide.... it scared me silly....

Cheers, be interested to see your results

Maybe I'll get brave enough one day...

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