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Project:
Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens


Contents:

  1. Overview
  2. Internal filter holder
  3. Install the lens on the 300 mm rig and setup USB-focus for reverse
  4. Temperature compensating and tilted focus plane
  5. Autofocus with APT and N.I.N.A.
  6. Move the equipment to the observatory
  7. A second try at the observatory
  8. A third try and investigating the FTDI cables
  9. Light leakage
  10. Optical analyze
  11. Fix of tilted sensor
  12. Control of aperture and deformed stars
  13. Update of Ekos auto focus driver
  14. Transport box
  15. To be continued

Related projects:

  1. HEQ5 as portable mount
  2. Pentax 645 300 mm ED IF f/4 lens
  3. KStars / EKOS and Raspberry Pi4

Note:
I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information on your own risk!


9: Light leakage

When taking calibration images it's very important that there is no light that come through into the sensor. I take these images during daytime to not waste valuable time at night. I noticed at sometimes I got a gradient on the dark frames. There must be some opening in the camera or lens that light can pass trough, something I must find and seal.


Test with a flashlight:

Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

I set the controller software to take images continuously with 5 seconds exposure. I lit up different part of the camera and lens. I thought that it must be the cover of the finder that cause this light leakage. But no, it seal perfect from light, it has a black tape on the backside.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

The lens cover doesn't impress, maybe it's this one that not seal ? No problem here either.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

There are two bayonets on the adapter, tested with the flashlight from different directions, and yes here I found the problem.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

The dark frame is not a dark frame anymore, disturbed by the light coming through the bayonet.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

A more exact examination show me that it's the button that lock the bayonet that the light leak through.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

I sealed the light leakage with a black tape. Then I repeat the flashlight test.


Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4 lens for astrophoto

A new dark and now it looks perfect. I will redo all my darks and bias images that is taken during daytime. But even the flats can have some disturbance from this, not much because the flats is taken on a bright screen.

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