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BAS New Camera

Post by DRatledge » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:26 pm

Managed at last to purchase a modded Canon camera for the society. It is a 300D with filter removed. It is 6 mega-pixels but importantly the pixels are BIG. The latest cameras have very small pixels which are poor for signal-to-noise. I had a 300D for many years and apart from a small glow in bottom right-hand corner was a great camera. The h-alpha sensitivity has to be seen to be believed. There is no timer with it but apart from that it has everything we need including an external power lead for 12 volts. The cost? Well it was less than 3 figures!
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Post by dean_kos » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:19 pm

Fantastic, well done for seeking out a bargain.....
I guess it's a case of, the best things come to those who wait !!

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Re: BAS New Camera

Post by DRatledge » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:52 pm

Received the "new" BAS Canon 300D today. Shutter count is just over 6000 but I guess that could have been reset? Anyway it looks in good condition - sensor is clean. Shot a few test shots of Winter Hill and results look fine but red coloured of course with the filter removed. Plan is to take some shots tonight if the haze clears. I will also write some notes on operating it.
PS it has had the Russian hack which restores several features only found on Canon's higher spec cameras - Canon switched them off on this model presumably to encourage us to buy a dearer camera.

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Re: BAS New Camera

Post by DRatledge » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:47 pm

Managed only 2 x 4 minute images last night of Orion with our modded 300D before the clouds rolled in. Nevertheless it does show how sensitive it is with traces of Barnard's Loop starting to show. This was a back-garden shot using a LPR filter on a 28mm lens with it all riding on a Brian-Ross tracker. I set it off in clear skies but when I returned it was still running despite being covered in snow.
PS Magic numbers used for RGB were 1.25/1/1.8
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