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Samsung NXmini C-Mount M42-T2

Samsung NX mini for Astro- + Landscape-IR-Photography

How could this small CostLess digicam become an IR Must-Have ILC ?

2015, the Best Canon APSC Camera has got a 1" BSI Sensor :

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Despite tiny sensor 33% the area of APSC, the 1" BSI shows 70%
of the DxoMark-ISO Sensitivity of Renown Canon Eos 60D(A), 600D...
PowerShot G7X & Samsung NX-mini both have the Sony imx183 BSI sensor
~> Sensor's main page for more detailed informations : SensorCompare.html
~> Samsung NX-mini tests :
~> Sony imx183 BSI CMos sensor specification sheet :
~> ProCam :
~> Scientific (Spectro.) use case :
Few years ago, you'd have to be a Fortunate Professional Researcher to get a
BSI CCD sensor with High Energy Waste, and High Dark Current Level, and No
possibility to get the Signal Cleaned, then Digitized "on chip" : The Exmor Bonus !
AstroPhotography-DSO :,236962.150.html
DPReview : Nikon1v3, Nikon1v1, 1j1, PentaxQ7, Samsung NXmini, SonyRX100
- Nikon 1 (1" FSI), Pentax Q7 (1/1.7" BSI) : lower Raw & Low-Light-ISO scores
- Samsung NX-mini, Sony RX100 (1" BSI) : higher Raw & Low-Light-ISO scores
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The Drawbacks of the Samsung NX-mini with its 1" imx183 BSI sensor
– ISO 1600 shows Amp-Glow localised in the Bottom Corners of the frame,
but the 240 sec. Bulb Exposure was enough. I just once had to set at ISO 800 :
wind and Turbulence were so strong that Guiding over 30 sec was very difficult !
I Never subtracted nor Bias-Maps (Offsets) neither Dark-Frames from my subs,
even during this Summer 2019, where nights Temperatures climbed over 25° C !
U do need ISO1600, it's not so bad to reduce the format ratio from 1.5 to 1.4 or
even to 1.33. That means from 8.8 x 13.2 to x 12.44, even to x 11.74 mm wide.
More Advantages to the Samsung NX-mini over other 1" BSI cameras
– the NX-mini is the unique 1" BSI cam. to support Interchangeable Lenses.
– MA4NXM optional Adapter opens the NXmini to the whole NX lens system.
– NX-mini has a Huge 2330 mAh Battery : lasts a whole night in worse conditions.
(– As nights become warmer, could be very easy to cool this camera from inside)
– Bulb Mode holds 240 seconds long exposure, the top for AstroPhotography.
– the NX-mini is a Costless camera : I bought mine for €183 in spring 2015.
– the IR-Cut filter inside the NX-mini is very easy to remove (read next).
– IR-Cut removed, the Auto-Focus is still Reliable with 9 & 9-27 mm lenses,
the NX-mini could be the Best for Landscape-IR : nor High-ISO, neither Tripod,
get ten times, 10x the Light, for twice, 2x the Price of 1 R72 IR-Filter :
Zwo mono AstroCams Relative QE
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I superimposed the curves of Relative QE from 3 Zwo BSI mono Astro-Cams :
the Asi178mm is very sensitive toward the Blue, the Asi290mm which sensor is
advertised as Near-IR by Sony, and the Asi183mm which seems the very best
compromise between the 2 others ! At 656 nm, their Relative QE is : ~60% for
the 178, ~80% for the 183 and ~93% for the 290 ! If I could achieve the same
"easily readable graph" for their Color Version with a Bayer Filter, I'll do it. But,
there is no reason things will change dramatically. What we can see here is their
Silicon response to different wavelengths and the effect of deeper photodiodes :
the deeper, the more IR sensitive. Asi183mC & Samsung NX-mini could reach
an Absolute Peak QE of 80+% in both Green channels, an excellent sensitivity !

Adding a 'C' Mount Thread on your Samsung NX-mini

Adding a 25 x 0.75 'C' Mount Thread on your Samsung NX-mini
Where to find a 25 x 0.75 'C' Mount Adapter for Samsung NX-mini :

25 x 0.75mm 'C' Mount Lens Adapter for Samsung NX-mini

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For AstroPhotography purpose or Lenses with a M42x0.75 T2 threaded Mount...
... then you'll have to screw in the 'C' to M42-T2 Adapter
'C' male to M42 T2 female Adapter :
an easy to find one
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Adjusting the Focusing Distance with Extensions :
– 1) The distance from the Sensor to the NXm Mount is ~ 7.5 mm ~
– 2) Backfocus Distance of your instrument minus 7.5 = ~ the lenght to add...
– 3) With the Moon / a Bright Star, verify the Right Focusing on the Sensor...
Backfocus Distance of a T2 instrument or lens = 55mm

Never point your instrument toward the Sun w/o an AstroSolar Filter

Never hold your instrument From the Samsung NX mini !

Astro Photography possibilities are infinite :
Bravo, you did it !
The whole sky full of Deep-Sky-Small-Objects, is yours now...
Bests photos are 2000+ pixels Wide !
     ©Dima Lootvoet 2010-19

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