Hi there! The Eclipse Megamovie Project needs help in taking high-quality photos of the upcoming total solar eclipse over North America on August 21, 2017 (this is similar in some ways to the Citizen Cate project, and there is cooperation between the two teams for sure!) This project is a joint venture with the Berkeley Space Sciences Lab and Google, with some help from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, where I work.
The general idea is that photographers along the path of totality can take pictures of the eclipse with their DSLRs and share them as soon as possible with the Megamovie team to assemble a movie of the eclipse detailing the changes in the corona and chromosphere of the sun as the eclipse take space across North America. The photos will also be useful in studies of the sun's magnetic field and plasma, helping out with valuable visual data for space weather and heliophysics- but also, frankly, the pictures and movie will look really cool, too!
The project is hoping to recruit 1500 volunteers to photograph the eclipse with their equipment, and I hope the folks here at Cloudy Nights may be interested. We sent out a press release a few weeks ago, and the main website is now live and accepting applications at eclipsemega.movie.
The main requirements for equipment are:
- Camera: DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
- Telephoto or zoom lens: minimum focal length of 300mm
- A stable and level tripod
- Ability to identify the GPS coordinates and time to the nearest second
I can answer your questions about the project here, and if I don't have the answer off hand I can also ask the folks I work with at the ASP. And my apologies in advance if I can't respond immediately - my duties at work keep me super busy, but I'll try to be on here as much as I can. Thank you!