Monochrome Nikon D600

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Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:35 am

This is the first test with the full frame Nikon D600 monochrome sensor. Sensor sees the full spectrum of visible and near infrared light.
I will provide actual astrophotos later when it get darker during the nights in here.

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At this point the sensor feels real good and dynamic range is absolutely stunning!!! :) Unity gain seems to be ISO500, which I'll be imaging next season with.

EDIT: sensor data
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DSLR Sensor Parameters v0.0.7
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Camera: Nikon D600 Monochrome - True dark current enabled
ISO speed: 500
Image Size: 6034 x 4124
Bias frames exposure time: 1/4000 sec
Flat frames exposure time: 1/2000 sec
Dark frames exposure time: 600.1 sec
Gain per channel(e/ADU): [ 0.978, 0.979, 0.975, 0.975 ]
ISO for unit gain: [ 489, 489, 487, 488 ]
Read Noise(e): [ 2.91, 2.9, 2.92, 2.89 ]
Dark Current (e/pixel/sec) [ 0.0113, 0.022, 0.0189, 0.0205 ]
Noise estimates for 600sec exposure
Read Noise(e): [ 2.91, 2.9, 2.92, 2.89 ]
Thermal Noise(e): [ 2.6, 3.63, 3.37, 3.51 ]
Mean values in ADU
Bias Frame 1: [599.9, 600, 599.8, 600 ]
Bias Frame 2: [599.9, 600, 599.8, 600.1 ]
Flat Frame 1: [2597.6, 2579, 2598.3, 2591.9 ]
Flat Frame 2: [2607.3, 2588.7, 2608.2, 2601.7 ]
Dark Frame 1: [ 608.8, 611, 609.8, 611.4 ]
Dark Frame 2: [ 609.8, 612.3, 610.9, 612.7 ]

It still has the checkerboard pattern due to the pre raw write channel scaling. Unfortunately I'm facing some stability issues with the dark current injector so a permanent firmware mod would be real nice :handgestures-fingerscrossed:
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Here is the comparison of the D5100, in the same temperature (5°C)

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DSLR Sensor Parameters v0.0.7
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Camera: Nikon D5100
ISO speed: 320
Image Size: 4948 x 3280
Bias frames exposure time: 1/4000 sec
Flat frames exposure time: 1/1600 sec
Dark frames exposure time: 599.3 sec
Gain per channel(e/ADU): [ 0.879, 0.863, 0.863, 0.871 ]
ISO for unit gain: [ 281, 276, 276, 279 ]
Read Noise(e): [ 2.52, 2.46, 2.48, 2.47 ]
Dark Current (e/pixel/sec) [ 0.5637, 0.6956, 0.4972, 0.5825 ]

Noise estimates for 599sec exposure
Read Noise(e): [ 2.52, 2.46, 2.48, 2.47 ]
Thermal Noise(e): [ 18.38, 20.42, 17.26, 18.68 ]

Mean values in ADU
Bias Frame 1: [128, 129.1, 128.2, 128.9 ]
Bias Frame 2: [128.1, 129.1, 128.3, 128.9 ]
Flat Frame 1: [688.2, 689.7, 691, 686.5 ]
Flat Frame 2: [681.4, 683, 684.3, 680.1 ]
Dark Frame 1: [ 133.2, 134.9, 133.6, 134.2 ]
Dark Frame 2: [ 136.2, 138.1, 136.7, 137.2 ]

And here is the Monotec D5100 set to 4.6°C

Camera: Nikon D5100 Monochrome - True dark current enabled - Direct cooling
ISO speed: 320
Image Size: 4948 x 3280
Bias frames exposure time: 1/4000 sec
Flat frames exposure time: 1/400 sec
Dark frames exposure time: 599.6 sec
Channel order: []
Gain per channel(e/ADU): [ 0.886, 0.901, 0.903, 0.897 ]
ISO for unit gain: [ 284, 288, 289, 287 ]
Read Noise(e): [ 2.53, 2.55, 2.58, 2.55 ]
Dark Current (e/pixel/sec) [ 0.0099, 0.0141, 0.0095, 0.0097 ]
Dark Current (e/pixel/sec) [ 0.0113, 0.0069, 0.007, 0.0077 ]

Noise estimates for 600sec exposure
Read Noise(e): [ 2.53, 2.55, 2.58, 2.55 ]
Thermal Noise(e): [ 2.6, 2.03, 2.05, 2.15 ]

Mean values in ADU
Bias Frame 1: [127.9, 129, 128.1, 128.9 ]
Bias Frame 2: [127.9, 129, 128, 128.9 ]
Flat Frame 1: [1584.9, 1564.8, 1573.5, 1575.6 ]
Flat Frame 2: [1566.2, 1546.2, 1555.1, 1556.7 ]
Dark Frame 1: [ 131.3, 132.2, 131.2, 131.8 ]
Dark Frame 3: [ 131.5, 132.4, 131.3, 132 ]
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:01 am

First AP test of the monochromatic Nikon D600. Veil nebula, HaRGB combination, colors taken from unmodified 6D stack, exposed last week.

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8x11 minute subs on Ha. Color balance is slightly off, but I fix it later when I get more lights to it.

A minor issue with the true dark current injector though, camera froze in middle of the sequence. I used Digicamcontrol this time due to BYN issues. It's not easy hobby ;)
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:09 am

Another great success with true dark current mod :)
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Nikon D600 Monochrome, True dark current mod by Nikonhacker, TS 65Q, 12nm Ha, 10x600s
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:04 am

Monochrome modified D600 showcase continues, a bicolor (Ha+OIII) Veil this time. Compare the color to Ha injected RGB picture above.

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10x660s Ha + 10x660s OIII - Nikon D600 Monochrome, true dark current mod, TS 65Q
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:03 am

NGC7000 and the pelican
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Mono Nikon D600, 6x660s, ISO500, 12nm Ha, TS65Q

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Ha 6x660s, OIII 6x900s ja SII 8x900s ISO500
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:02 am

I did some sensitivity testing with D600 with ISO500, 800 and 1600. Expected seeing more noise with higher ISO and therefore clearer image with near unity gain ISO..

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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:30 pm

Image for a while - California Nebula NGC1499

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Taken with D600am and D800am - (astromomo)
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Tom » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:28 am

Herra Kuulapaa wrote:Image for a while - California Nebula NGC1499

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Taken with D600am and D800am - (astromomo)


These are truly beautiful :) On which mount are you subbing? HEQ-5? EQ-6?
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Re: Monochrome Nikon D600

Postby Herra Kuulapaa » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:32 am

It's a old and rusty HEQ-5.
Ps. I have one extra monochrome D600 sensor if anyone would like to pursue UVA, VIS or NIR imaging.
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