Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

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Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:50 am

I have a monochrome modified Nikon D5100 with no bayer filters. You can check the project here: http://kuulapaa.com/home/astrophotography/nikond5100mod.html. There has been an unfortunate pattern in NEF files that looks like some kind of bayer matrix remains. Or at least I have thought so.
Like this:
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Today I was experimenting with no NEF compression and true dark current mods and made an interesting discovery.

There was the same pattern in no NEF compression file:
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But no pattern in true dark current file:
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Is this because the pixel colors are subtracted with different values or something? Anyway I'm pretty happy finding the reason and solution to remove the checkerboard pattern :)
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby astronomer » Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:25 pm

Hi Herra,

What you had observed is due to Nikon's digital scaling on Red and Blue Bayer channel in stock firmware.See this post for detail. Thus even you strip all the bayer filter and microlense array, the pixels at original red and blue locations are still scaled up by firmware.

In the true dark current hacking, I had disabled all the digital processing on the sensor data including the digital scaling. That's how you ended up with the uniform background. Just use the firmware hack with "True Dark Current" if you are mounting a B/W converted sensor.

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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:00 am

Great work :)

It’s interesting how strong the pixel scaling actually is.
Is it by the way possible to introduce same option to the 1.02 firmware?
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:22 am

Here's a small comparison between original firmware, true dark current patched and a stacked 5 frames of original firmware:
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby astronomer » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:25 am

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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:02 am

Couple of examples with mono D5100 and dark current mod:

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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby mutofuto » Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:08 pm

Jumalauta! :clap:
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:08 pm

Yes, like my fellow countryman nicely summarized, it's a very good mod (dark current one) :)
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:00 pm

One more test with D5100 dark current firmware.

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Keep up the good work guys :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Monochrome D5100 and true dark current

Postby astronomer » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:43 am

Hi Herra,

Those are really great images!
Can you share with some exposure time, scope details?

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