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DSLR Active cooling MOD process - Part 2

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On 08/11/2018 at 23:58, Gina said:

Good thermal insulation of the cold parts makes a lot of difference.

Absolutely.. my next stage is the insulate the heat syncs from the copper plate by inserting a piece of aluminium between the peltier and the copper plate on both side to increase the gap and fill out the gap with first Styrofoam than perhaps expanding foam as a final product is the styro insulates the heat away from the copper and stops it from heating it up....

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On 09/11/2018 at 00:22, Thalestris24 said:

FWIW my 550d showed temps of 12 to 15 deg (filename) in a batch of 14 x 600s darks. The cooler was preset to +4 deg. So a difference in temp of 8 to 11 deg from the internal value. Unfortunately I don't know for sure what the ambient temp was at the time. They were taken indoors in the afternoon in March 2016 so ambient was probably around 15-20 deg. So clearly, with the cooling on, the actual sensor temperature was quite a bit different from the reported internal camera temperature.


Apparently the EXIF sensor is a bit of distance from the CMOS so there is slight a difference in reported temperature vs actual temperature so....

On 09/11/2018 at 00:26, Gina said:

I used a digital thermometer device directly on my cold finger close to the image sensor.

.. I placed a NTC sensor directly on the CMOS so this might show a bit more accurate temperature...


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Thanks for documenting this Mars, I've been thinking of doing something similar myself.

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4 hours ago, Spaceade said:

Thanks for documenting this Mars, I've been thinking of doing something similar myself.

Hopefully it ends up being a success and helps others thinking about this take the plunge into cooling their DSLRs.

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