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Nikon D7500 -v- D5300 Dark Frame comparison ( Astrophotography )

Below is a comparison between single dark frames taken with the Nikon D7500 and D5300 with exposure durations varying from 1 sec to 240 sec ( my usual main light frame exposure ) all at ISO400.

Firstly a graph of the standard deviation of the noise in the dark frames versus exposure time:

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The standard deviation of the noise is a fairly constant 2 ADU less for the D7500 compared to the D5300 ( pretty much the difference in the read noise between the two )

However, the difference is not just in absolute terms but also in the quality of the noise ...

Below are the dark frames -  ranging from 240 sec exposures at the top to 1 sec at the bottom:

                                     D7500                                                                              D5300  

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The D5300 dark frames clearly show the pattern in the read noise ( banding down the bottom ) and also have far more chrominance noise compared to the D7500.

At 240 seconds ( the main exposure I have been using ) the difference is starkly different; the D7500 produces images with much lower noise that is significantly more even and random and hence more likely to be reduced during integration.

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