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Astro Camera and Astro Conversion Filter Options

(Filter options that can be installed inside the camera during the modification process)

Full Spectrum(Clear) Filter Option: Our most versatile filter option. The Full Spectrum filter option is optically clear, allowing your camera to capture all ranges of the EM spectrum. The only transmission limitations will be the limits of your camera, not our filter. This allows the camera to capture images of deep space objects that are invisible to the human eye and allowing you to limit the sensitivity of your camera by using external filters of your choosing. This filter is manufactured from the highest quality polished and coated material. All our filters our polished to scientific microscopic image quality standards insuring flawless imaging under extreme magnifications. The Full Spectrum filter option is the most recommended choice for all types of Astrophotography, including Nightscapes and Deep Sky object photography. When shooting Nightscapes or Deep Sky imaging it is normally best not to use any type of limiting filters on your lens or with your telescope (with the exception of light polution filters if needed). See our tips page for information regarding White Balance settings to achieve the best results.

Visible + H-Alpha Filter (420nm - 680nm): Not only do we offer a Full Spectrum/Clear filter installation we now offer a Visible + H-Alpha filter option. Our Visible + H-Alpha filter will allow your camera to capture true color images with more transmission of the H-Alpha range than an unconverted camera while capturing the visible spectrum as well. (This filter option is identical to the filter specifications used in the Canon EOS 60Da and will allow your camera to capture the same light transmission and wavelength, including H-Alpha.) This filter has a sharp cutoff at 680nm. Also, this filter is manufactured from the highest quality polished and coated material. All our filters our polished to scientific microscopic image quality standards insuring flawless imaging under extreme magnifications. (The Visible + H-Alpha filter is also available in an On-Lens Version here)

2 Spectrum Filter Option: Our 2 Spectrum Filter will block UV light from reaching the imaging sensor of the camera which can help produce a cleaner final image. It will still allow the camera to capture all of the Visible and into the near Infrared portions of the spectrum (including H-Alpha, Oxygen III, Sulfer II, and H-Beta). This filter is only recommended if you do not wish to capture any UV images anytime in the future. The Full Spectrum option is our first recommendation for most Astrophotographers but this filter can help provide a better result especially when using the camera for daytime subjects.

***New - Attention Canon and Nikon Shooters! Normally, the dust reduction/sensor cleaning system was removed during all conversions. We can now reinstall this system in most Canon and Nikon cameras with all internal filter options.

Astrophotography, IR and Normal Photography, all with one Camera Body.

Shooting Astrophotography, IR and normal/visible photography can be performed with one camera. The best filter choice to achieve this is the Full Spectrum/Clear filter option. Once the conversion has been performed all you need is a UV/IR cutoff filter on your lens to capture normal/visible light images including landscapes and portraits. In order to shoot IR with the same camera all you need is an IR filter of your choice for your lens. With each filter all you need to do is set a custom white balance and your on you're way. Also, simply remove the filter from your lens for full spectrum/clear astrophotography which includes the UV, IR and visible portions of the EM spectrum. (Order an Astro-Conversion here)

(Attention Canon Shooters! Some canon full frame models can show a light leak when capturing High ISO Long Exposure images. This is easily remedied by switching off Liveview before capturing the image.)

 


Testimonials:

Clarence:

Wow, working with you is just like working with my crew space support group at NASA.  I love working with can-do people.   Thanks for the follow up info here.  It all looks good to me and I know we will put together the best camera produced.  It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated people.  Let me know if you have any issues/questions in dealing with NASA.

Again, it is a pleasure to be working with you.

Don Pettit (PH.D.)– NASA Astronaut
ISS Expedition 6 Crew Member; Space Shuttle STS-126 Crew Member; Current ISS Expedition 30 and 31 Crew member.
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/pettit.html


NASA/International Space Station Astronaut Don Pettit works with two still cameras mounted together, one of which is an infrared modified still camera, modified by Spencer's Camera & Photo of Alpine, Utah. Photo credit: NASA

Dear Clarence,

I got a standard Sony NEX-5 camera and found it’s a single shot colour images quite good. However I was not satisfied with the red colour spectrum in the deep space images and decided to get a conversion done.
It was a pleasure to deal with Spencer’s Camera and my new kit arrived quickly. What a difference it made! The colours are rich and there is less visible noise.
Thanks for the high quality service!

Alex Cherney
Amateur astronomer and photographer
http://www.terrastro.com


Image Copyrighted - Alex Cherney 2011
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