How many of you have shot the sun? I am scared:) But they say we will not see this again until 2032.
I never really had an interest until I saw that article. Not that the article is inspirational, but it had one point that struck me, the next occurrence.
Now I am behind the eight ball here, at least it’s a month away yet.
I am tempted to pick up one of these filters and give it a try with my normal daylight lens/camera combo:
Does anyone have one, my lens hood is 5.86”dia, and this goes up to 5.81, but it talks about foam and rubber, do you think I can get that little 0.050 out of it?
I could buy a smaller one if I leave the hood off, in that case it would need to fit 132mm dia. Do I really need a hood if I use this filter?
Is this filter sufficient to protect my camera and lens and my eyesight? What else should I have?
My mount is just tracking at sidereal rate, no lunar or solar switch. Knowing the majority of the sun’s motion is the earth rotation, how close is this?
I was thinking I can get a decent polar alignment at night, then get the camera setup in the AM, program the intervalometer to take a pic every 5 minutes or so. Will the normal sidereal rate keep the sun roughly centered the entire 5+ hour of this event? Well not really 5 hours, since it will be so low on the horizon I am sure I will not get to start shooting until later, once it's above the trees.
I plan to shot with my 500mm f4 or maybe add the TC and get 700mm, that’s a min FOV of 1.8° or 1.3° respectively. So @ 30’, I will only have the sun covering about 1/3 of the frame at best. So Mercury will be real small, I assume large enough to make it out at 5-10 pixles in dia, that just talked me into using the TC? hummm 5 pixles, might not be worth it.
Will there be enough contrast in the sun for a good focus or should I do it with a Bahtinov mask at night?
I guess I need to start googling.
Any other pointers are welcome.