Q: How can I change the reddish astro images taken by my modified camera to the natural colored astro images?

A:  The camera modification for astro photography aims to  maximum H-alpha (Hα)  656nm recording. Camera modification for astro photography make the regular camera to High Ha sensing camera, it’s about 3 times more compared to unmodified digital cameras.

But the color of background will become so reddish, because the increased red light amount.

There are many ways of image processing to correct the reddish colors to natural colors.

Here are 2 simple ways.

A. Take the shots using Custom White Balance

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Monochrome Camera

WHAT IS A ‘DEBAYERED CAMERA’ ?

To convert the color image sensor of a generic digital camera to a monochrome sensor, we must remove the bayer filter layer(= Color Filter Array=CFA) on the image sensor. This is called “Debayering”.

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Astro A7s System Chart

1. Active Cooling with EXcooler
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Astro 6D System Chart

1. Active cooling with EXcooler
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Test shots of Monochrome eos 60D

Below is the first test shot image when we tried ti remove the Micro Lens and CFA using optical polishing powder. The brightness of the micro lens removed area is quite a lot dimmer than the area with the micro lens and CFA still intact.

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B/W DSLR modification study

Generally color image sensor is arranged as the pattern of RGBG 2×2 pixels color filter array, It can make the color images through 1 shot exposure but the large amount of light were blocked by color filters on CMOS and color processing algorithm produce false colors. The optical low pass filter to prevent false color on color image sensor makes lower resolutions to output image.
In low light photography field B/W sensor with high QE and low noise is most valid device for higher resolution image. Read more

CDS-5D (Cooled 5D mark III) Dark Frame Compared

We compared the dark frame shots of unmodified eos 5D MarkIII and Cooled 5D mark III.The images were taken at indoor dark room and the exposure time was 450sec ( 7.5 minutes) and ISO setting was 1600. We croped 650×325 pixels in center area of original images and not resized.

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Cooled 5D MarkIII study

Now we are studying to release cooled 5D MarkIII.

Below images the prototype design of  it and be possible to be changed.

5d3-1  5d3-2  5d3-3