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Is there somewhere I can send my DSLR to be Astrophotography modded?

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#1 OceanicSix

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Posted 22 May 2024 - 08:32 AM

Good Morning ya'll, 

 

I recently came in contact with a Canon Rebel T7 and I wanted to know if there was a service available that I can send in my camera to to have it modded. I live in Connecticut, so I don't know of any camera services that may provide this. Online would be helpful too. I recently purchased an EF 50 f/1.8 STM lens. I have a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro and it's been working nice, but I am in a Bortle 5 area so the light pollution can be a problem. I'm near a main road with some street lamps too that may affect this. Therefore, if someone were to mod this for me, I would love to purchase a filter to have them put in as well. I don't even know if this is a real service or if this is something that I'm only supposed to do on my own, but I figured I'd give it a shot to see if any one of you guys have any recommendations. Thank you!

 

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Posted 22 May 2024 - 09:33 AM

Sure, but it all depends on where you're based. I know of one company that does mods in the Netherlands and one in Germany. There should be some in the US, I expect. You can apparently also do this on your own, but it is not for the faint of heart, from what I gathered.



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Posted 22 May 2024 - 10:05 AM

Good Morning ya'll, 

 

I recently came in contact with a Canon Rebel T7 and I wanted to know if there was a service available that I can send in my camera to to have it modded. I live in Connecticut, so I don't know of any camera services that may provide this. Online would be helpful too. I recently purchased an EF 50 f/1.8 STM lens. I have a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro and it's been working nice, but I am in a Bortle 5 area so the light pollution can be a problem. I'm near a main road with some street lamps too that may affect this. Therefore, if someone were to mod this for me, I would love to purchase a filter to have them put in as well. I don't even know if this is a real service or if this is something that I'm only supposed to do on my own, but I figured I'd give it a shot to see if any one of you guys have any recommendations. Thank you!

 

Clear skies, 

 

Nick

If you are referring to removing the stock IR filter, and replacing it with a new IR filter (the new IR filter increases the sensitivity to the H-Alpha/Sulfur wavelengths), then yes, there are too many to count. In fact, there is someone here on Cloudy Nights who does this (his name is mmalik) and I am sure that he would love to do this for you (he also has some other services like cooling for your DSLR). Another, widely-used place is Life Pixel, they are world-renown. I used them recently for a D5300, and it seems to work (I have yet to field-test it, though). 

 

When you are referring to putting a filter back-in, what do you mean by that? Do you mean buying a clip-in filter (which, from what I have heard and seen, are very useful, especially an H-Alpha filter. With that you can take some pretty awesome Milky Way/emission nebulae shots from anywhere (yes, even a Bortle 5, which isn't bad at all, BTW))? If so, then you can do this yourself (just buy the filter, take off the lens, and put it in carefully). If not, then what do you mean by that?

 

BTW, a clip-in filter can be used in conjunction with a camera lens as well as a telescope (I just wish the Nikon ones weren't $400... But don't worry, the Canon ones are around $200 at High Point Scentific). 



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Posted 22 May 2024 - 10:15 AM

You might contact CN member asanmax. I had my Canon SL3 Ha-modded by him and I was quite satisfied with the cost and result. Cheers.


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Posted 22 May 2024 - 01:24 PM

You might contact CN member asanmax. I had my Canon SL3 Ha-modded by him and I was quite satisfied with the cost and result. Cheers.

+1 for asanmax. Here is a link to the website for his modification service: https://nightskycamera.com/. He is located in Vancouver, which complicates things a wee bit for those of us on this side of the border, but I had zero complications when I sent him my Nikon D5300 for an H-alpha mod, and I am more than pleased with the work he did on my camera. I highly recommend him.


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Posted 22 May 2024 - 02:05 PM

I would love to purchase a filter to have them put in as well. I don't even know if this is a real service or if this is something that I'm only supposed to do on my own, but I figured I'd give it a shot to see if any one of you guys have any recommendations. Thank you!

 

Two things:

 

 

1. You'll need to have it modded where LPF-2 is removed (read more here...)

 

2. You'll need to use LPS filter post-mod (read more here...)

 

 

Note: Even better might be to look into getting a dedicated cam; this... is way more than you asked for but will give you ideas nonetheless.

 

 

Regards

 

 

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Edited by mmalik, 22 May 2024 - 05:44 PM.


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Posted 23 May 2024 - 02:21 AM

Had mine done by Spencer's Camera in Alpine, UT. Sent it in on Tuesday, was received on Thursday, and I had it back in my hands by next Monday at noon. They've got various options you can choose, and quite a bit of info on both Visible + H-Alpha, and Full Spectrum conversions, I would not recommend the Full Spectrum however because post processing can be challenging with those in regards to color casts, and they are really more for those who are heavily into IR Photography and different colors, or artistic landscapes with weird looking trees and bushes .

 

https://www.spencers...conversions.cfm


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Posted 23 May 2024 - 07:41 AM

Two things:

 

 

1. You'll need to have it modded where LPF-2 is removed (read more here...)

 

2. You'll need to use LPS filter post-mod (read more here...)

 

 

Note: Even better might be to look into getting a dedicated cam; this... is way more than you asked for but will give you ideas nonetheless.

 

 

Regards

 

 

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Wow thank you for this. Is this a service you provide by chance? I saw someone recommended you in the thread and I would love to send my camera to you if possible. Thanks so much!



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Posted 24 May 2024 - 05:43 PM

For your Canon Rebel T7 'Removed LPF-2' will be best. You'll need to use LPS filter post-mod; my recommendation would be IDAS LPS-D3. Another consideration would be IDAS NBZ. Read more here.... Most of these are 48mm round filters so plan your setup accordingly. Hope this helps. Regards

 

 

IDAS link...

 

 

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Edited by mmalik, 24 May 2024 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2024 - 08:23 PM

 

 

Had mine done by Spencer's Camera in Alpine, UT. Sent it in on Tuesday, was received on Thursday, and I had it back in my hands by next Monday at noon. They've got various options you can choose, and quite a bit of info on both Visible + H-Alpha, and Full Spectrum conversions, I would not recommend the Full Spectrum however because post processing can be challenging with those in regards to color casts, and they are really more for those who are heavily into IR Photography and different colors, or artistic landscapes with weird looking trees and bushes .

 

https://www.spencers...conversions.cfm

Weird looking trees and bushes?  Well sure if you don't use an IR cut filter i guess they would look weird being mostly red tinted, but any decent IR/UV cut lens filter will make it look more normal. I use on of these on my FS modded Canon 60D and the images look fine.  The trees leaves look a little redder, sure, but doing a custom white balance fixes that no worries.  Same goes for Astrophotography, you use an IR cut filter with your image train and it still does an excellent job with the photos.  One thing though if you DO get a FS mod, get the filter replaced with clear glass, not go for the no glass one and the focus will work better.  Most FS mods simply remove the filter altogether but this causes some issues in focusing on certain types of objects.  There is a Clear glass filter that can be added that takes the place of the LPF1 and 2 filters to allow the focus to work correctly at all levels.  That's what i installed when i modded my own.



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Posted 30 May 2024 - 10:41 AM

 

 

 

Weird looking trees and bushes?  Well sure if you don't use an IR cut filter i guess they would look weird being mostly red tinted, but any decent IR/UV cut lens filter will make it look more normal. I use on of these on my FS modded Canon 60D and the images look fine.  The trees leaves look a little redder, sure, but doing a custom white balance fixes that no worries.  Same goes for Astrophotography, you use an IR cut filter with your image train and it still does an excellent job with the photos.  One thing though if you DO get a FS mod, get the filter replaced with clear glass, not go for the no glass one and the focus will work better.  Most FS mods simply remove the filter altogether but this causes some issues in focusing on certain types of objects.  There is a Clear glass filter that can be added that takes the place of the LPF1 and 2 filters to allow the focus to work correctly at all levels.  That's what i installed when i modded my own.

 

The "weird looking trees and bushes" was not a reference to the fixable color aberrations associated with mods, which tend to be a bit more challenging in FS than in Visible + H-Alpha, just a personal qualification based upon my personal artistic preference of non IR photography, over IR photography because I prefer a more varied color scale leaning more on conventional displays of light clolor. I too use a daylight custom white balance, and when I feel lazy a UV/R cut hot mirror filter esprecially if I'm in a hurry. The reference to IR as weird looking was merely a reflection of my personal preference, not meant to offend, because all night photography is an artistic interpretation of what is, based upon mechanical selection via filters, and personal preference of processing in regards to brightness, white balance, contrast, tone,.... the result of what our biological eye perceives is usually not what  most consider quality night photography, otherwise there would be no marketing for Adobe, Affinity Photo, and the likes of..




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