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HA moded Nikon D5200 White Balance?

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#1 DonDon

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 04:21 PM

Can anyone with an HA mod from LifePixel tell me what white balance I should be using? A flat frame or measured? If measured, what should I use for the target? Thanks.. It won't let me post the pic in question..

 



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Posted 20 April 2021 - 05:06 PM

White balance is simply a preprogrammed adjustment of the RGB channels to compensate for different terrestrial light sources.  It does _nothing_ you can't do better by adjusting color in a good astro specific processing program. 

 

A custom white balance could be useful if you wanted to do terrestrial photography with a modded camera.  But still not better than good processing.

 

I used it some in my first year as a crutch.  Not since then.


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Posted 20 April 2021 - 05:36 PM

White balance is simply a preprogrammed adjustment of the RGB channels to compensate for different terrestrial light sources.  It does _nothing_ you can't do better by adjusting color in a good astro specific processing program. 

 

A custom white balance could be useful if you wanted to do terrestrial photography with a modded camera.  But still not better than good processing.

 

I used it some in my first year as a crutch.  Not since then.

Thanks, that's my problem, not good at processing at all yet. I only do deep sky with this camera so I was just wondering if I needed a certain balance. Thanks again.



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 03:49 PM

You don't need any custom white balance for astrophotography. Just leave it in Auto and shoot RAW.

The stacked images will have Red channel dominating. 

Depending on what software you use for post processing your images, just look it up on youtube. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of tutorials on how to color balance the AP images.


Edited by asanmax, 21 April 2021 - 03:59 PM.

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