LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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General Meeting at Pulpit Rock
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7 p.m.

Modification of DSLR Cameras for Astroimaging
featuring Gary Honis
DSLR Modification Service


DSLR camera modification procedure will be explained and will include: ·        History of digital camera modifications. ·        DSLR camera improvements over time for astro imaging. ·        Explanation of modification types and filter replacements for astro and infrared imaging. ·        Do-it-yourself DSLR modification procedure and considerations. ·        Maintaining autofocus after IR cut filter replacement. ·        Image processing considerations for modified DSLR cameras. ·        Peltier cooling methods for DSLR cameras. ·        Do-it-yourself Whole Camera Peltier Cooling System. ·        Test results and advantage of DSLR camera Peltier cooling  

Gary Honis has been an avid deep sky observer and astro imager since 1987. A graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Gary is licensed as a Professional Engineer with over 33 years experience as an Electronic Engineer in the Telecommunications Industry as an official of the US Government. He has been modifying Canon DSLR cameras since 2004 and providing detailed modification instructions online to assist others wanting to self modify their cameras. His images have been published in Sky & Telescope Magazine, AstroPhoto Insight Magazine, "Digital Photography" and the Marvel Studios Movie "Thor". Gary is an officer of the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society, and a member of the International Dark Sky Association where he has been actively involved in light pollution reduction efforts for 26 years.



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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


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