The new 6" Astrophotography Flat Frame Kit is an upgraded kit to our 5" collection. This kit includes the EL Panel, one or two pieces of laser cut piece of frosted acrylic, and dimmable inverter. Choose between using your own 12v source, or adding an AC Adapter or Rechargeable battery for the option that works best for you, or the 9V Battery Pack inverter is a simple self-contained setup that's easy to use. This panel now comes with an adhesive front and back on the panel itself, so you can stick the panel directly to the acrylic, without having to worry about alignment.
Our new '22 and newer kits come with a handy scratch resistant carrying sleeve which will help clean the acrylic surface before taking your flats, and it also doubles as a way to store your panel safely in your gear bag!
This kit has a number of options to best suit your individual needs. First, choose between one or two pieces of frosted acrylic. The first piece that is included is typically meant to be installed on the front side of the panel.
PRO-TIP: When mounting to the acrylic, make sure to push all air bubbles off the panel surface with a squeegee to prevent shadowing. The second piece of acrylic is meant to sandwich the panel between two pieces of acrylic for maximum durability.
Second, the kit comes with various inverter options. The standard 9V Battery Pack + Inverter combo is a simple standalone solution that has a brightness adjustment wheel to easily select the required brightness. The 12v Inverter options uses our Mondo 12V EL Inverter which also has a brightness adjustment knob, but the knob allows for a little finer tuning of the brightness. You can either purchase this inverter as a standalone inverter and plug into your existing on-board 12v output, OR you can purchase with additional power options like the rechargeable 12v battery, or AC Adapter. Lastly, we recently added an option for a new PWM dimmable inverter. This new PWM Inverter is a dimmable inverter which requires a microcontroller or other PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) devices in order to dim the inverter. Oftentimes, customers purchase this inverter when they have software or other control systems (Arduino, etc) that allow the inverter to be controlled externally. The PWM inverter does not have its own brightness adjustment knob.