New: Nikon D850 cooled camera for astrophotography



The first Nikon D850 cooled camera for astrophotography is now available for sale - a company converts a regular Nikon D850 to an Astro D850. The price is $4,950 ($1,650 over the regular D850 price of 3,296). To achieve effective cooling, they actually moved the sensor outside of the camera and performed several other modifications:

"We took out the image sensor and moved it towards the lens and made a cooling module. Extracted CMOS sensor from camera body located in front of mechanical shutter, the exposure control by mechanical shutter is impossible and can’t use optical view finder. But there is sufficient extra space between CMOS and Mount Ring, we can install Drop-In Filter system in the space:"

"The back focus distance between the image sensor and lens mount allowed room for the drop in filter holder. This system makes it possible to install filters without removing the lens. This is very useful including for narrowband imaging."


"In Astro D850 , Heatsink on outer housing perform passive cooling to ambient air. And the fan on the rear side of TEC perform active cooling. For efficient active cooling we added heatsink on back side and wind guide wall. Therefore we can reduce the weight of camera and made small and simple cooled camera with high cooling performance. With a filter(2mm thickness) in Drop-In Filter Holder, the Flange Back Distance of Astro D850 lens Mount is 46.5mm, it’s same as the Nikon F-mount."


Additional information is available on centralds.net (the site is currently under construction and some of the images don't load). Here is a comparison between a regular and a "cooled" D850 cameras:


One of the Nikon D850 Facebook group members already purchased the Nikon D850 cooled camera - check this discussion for additional information (pictures credit: Mehmet Ergün):

Update - see also this post:

Photos taken with the Nikon D850 Astro Cool camera (astrophotography)

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