Cameras and such

Today I shoot with a Gary Honis full spectrum modified Canon T1i. I use it for everything from astro-imaging to Infra-red, to traditional photography.  To make this full spectrum camera do all these things I use several “clip-in” filters from Astronomik that converts the camera to the desired spectrum:

  • OWB – Original White Balance for restoring the camera to “factor” behavior
  • L UV-IR Block – For Astro imaging in dark sites with little to no light pollution
  • CLS-CCD – For Astro imaging in suburban sites with light pollution
  • Planet IR Pro 742 – For Infra Red only imaging

As with most DSLR owners I also have a few lenses:

  • Canon EF 28-135mm USM
  • Canon EF 70-300mm USM
  • Canon EFS 18-55mm IS (modified to work with clip in filters)
  • Olympus OM Zuiko 30-75mm (full manual lens)

My kit includes a few other goodies like an adapter to let me mount the Olympus lens backward to create a macro lens with the ability to focus as close as 1″ from the subject, a basic flash unit, wired remote intervalometer, A/C battery replacement, and of course the home made “cooler box” to refrigerate the camera when taking astro-images.