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Turning Canon 1300D to a Full Spectrum Camera

Here we will turn Canon 1300D to a Full Spectrum Camera. This conversion is very similar to the Canon 1200D. The 1300D has a few additional ribbon cables for its WiFi and NFC.

As with the older model we will need some sort of a tool to make the sensor level. However, if we make a full spectrum conversion we may try to screw the three sensor screws all in and this may do the trick.

Disassembly

Unscrew all the outside screws. There will be one hidden screw underneath the rubber grip.

First separate the back panel with the LCD. Be careful because there are two ribbon cables to be disconnected.

Now you will need to disconnect all the ribbon cables, disconnect the sensor cable.

Take out the front panel. You will see a flash capacitor.

Take a piece of insulation and cover capacitor’s two wires. This will prevent you from accidentally touching it.

Disconnect the two flash cables: the red one and the yellow one. Please do not mix them when assembling the camera.

The best way to do this conversion is to use some sort of tool to measure sensor distance from the camera chassis.

For this purpose you could use a caliper or a gauge with a magnetic stand.

Calibration

In this conversion we will need to move the sensor by 0.3 mm to the front. Usually this sensor position is right at the distance so it can move to the front. So, if you do not have tools you can simply screw in those three screws tight and this may do the trick.

In case you have some part of image not in focus when taking astro images you will need to get the above-mentioned tools to level the sensor.

Please clean your table and all the surroundings with a dust cleaner or a micro fiber cloth. This will lower chances for dust to get onto the sensor.

For filter removal use a very small flat screw driver. Stick it between the metal part and the plastic frame and turn it slightly. The separation usually starts after some time and eventually all the frame separates.

If the frame does not want to separate use hot air gun or hair dryer to heat it up slightly.

After the frame separation put the sensor back into the camera. We will not do anything to it. You can store the frame in a plastic bag. The front filter can be used when converting other cameras to astro photography.

That’s is basically it. We just need to level the sensor or screw the three screws tight and assemble the camera.

There should be enough space to move the sensor to the front. I never had a Canon 1300D camera that I would need to file down some metal to make the sensor shift properly.

On other cameras this is not always the case. For example, on Panasonic G2 you will need to file down a bit the three metal pillars.

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