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#26 Look at the sky 101

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 06:35 PM

Since I live soutwest of Houston, I'll probably head somewhere west of Austin.

You're chances a good for cloudless day and it's not that far from Huston. 



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Posted 24 January 2022 - 06:37 PM

Hi everyone, 

How do you plan to watch the eclipse, with your eyes, binoculars, a telescope dedicated to the sun?

Taking pictures with a cel or a dslr camera ? 

I would love to hear your thoughts, as this is going to be my first and possibly last totality experience.

Thanks. 


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Posted 24 January 2022 - 09:11 PM

I did all of the above, which was good and stressful at the same time. This is the way I did it: I downloaded SETnC (freeware) and automated the eclipse photography months before hand on my laptop. I did test runs weeks before, testing the rig. Practicing taking off solar filters.

I ordered eclipse glasses so our group could watch by eye. I also had binoculars to pass around during totality.

The telescope had a dslr taking white light photos while my Lunt solar scope took Ha images in time lapse.

Using computers made everything come together, but it was VERY stressful setting up and dealing with so much equipment for imaging. Most veteran eclipse watchers say just bring yourself, maybe a simple camera, eclipse glasses. I'll be imaging again next time but then, I've been through this once before. Seeing it with your naked eye had far more impact than looking at a picture viewed later. It really is a surreal experience.
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Posted 25 January 2022 - 01:15 AM

For the 2017 eclipse I did camera and telescope with bracketed images, etc. 

 

This next one I'm going with no equipment and am just going to enjoy the whole experience undistracted.


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Posted 25 January 2022 - 03:10 AM

For the 2017 eclipse I did camera and telescope with bracketed images, etc. 

 

This next one I'm going with no equipment and am just going to enjoy the whole experience undistracted.

You might take a colander. There are lots of interesting eclipse phenomena that you can see without a telescope. The image on the left was taken just before totality and because the sun is more like a point source, shadows are crisper.

 

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Posted 25 January 2022 - 11:31 AM

I did all of the above, which was good and stressful at the same time. This is the way I did it: I downloaded SETnC (freeware) and automated the eclipse photography months before hand on my laptop. I did test runs weeks before, testing the rig. Practicing taking off solar filters.

I ordered eclipse glasses so our group could watch by eye. I also had binoculars to pass around during totality.

The telescope had a dslr taking white light photos while my Lunt solar scope took Ha images in time lapse.

Using computers made everything come together, but it was VERY stressful setting up and dealing with so much equipment for imaging. Most veteran eclipse watchers say just bring yourself, maybe a simple camera, eclipse glasses. I'll be imaging again next time but then, I've been through this once before. Seeing it with your naked eye had far more impact than looking at a picture viewed later. It really is a surreal experience.

Thank you for your answer.

I know now that I will bring the bare minimum, my eyes, binoculars and my cel.

You made me realize that I have to see it with my eyes and not spend my time with too much equipment.



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Posted 25 January 2022 - 11:36 AM

For the 2017 eclipse I did camera and telescope with bracketed images, etc. 

 

This next one I'm going with no equipment and am just going to enjoy the whole experience undistracted.

Me too, I'll just take my binoculars, my cel as equipment. 

My eyes will do the rest.



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Posted 25 January 2022 - 02:46 PM

Don't forget those eclipse glasses!

 

There's fun things you can do on eclipse day.  I spread a white sheet upon the ground so we could observe shadow bands as totality neared.  Easy and not too distracting.  Look at the shadows on the ground that the leaves make.  Lots of eclipsed suns projected on the ground.  I made a folding solar projector that I aimed sunward to cast the eclipse image onto a sheet of white cardboard.  The crowd around us appreciated the view of the projected image.


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Posted 25 January 2022 - 06:48 PM

Don't forget those eclipse glasses!

 

There's fun things you can do on eclipse day.  I spread a white sheet upon the ground so we could observe shadow bands as totality neared.  Easy and not too distracting.  Look at the shadows on the ground that the leaves make.  Lots of eclipsed suns projected on the ground.  I made a folding solar projector that I aimed sunward to cast the eclipse image onto a sheet of white cardboard.  The crowd around us appreciated the view of the projected image.

The glasses of course,  check. 

Do you have any pic of that sheet? 



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Posted 25 January 2022 - 08:35 PM

I have a video of it... it might be possible to grab a screen shot of it or upload the video.
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Posted 27 January 2022 - 10:13 PM

I have a video of it... it might be possible to grab a screen shot of it or upload the video.

If possible yes I'd like to see it. 



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Posted 28 January 2022 - 02:57 PM

I checked the link but in my video, the sheet was totally blown out white and you couldn't see the bands.  We had 5 cameras going but none dedicated to shadow bands!  My friend also was there shooting but he turned his video camera to the side so he could watch the bands with his own eyes, thus missing recording the event!  Here's a link to someone's video that shows it really well 10 seconds before totality.  From the voice in the background he too was using SetnC as either a timer or camera control program.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=qR0S_bCP7g0

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ZyhbuHh97qQ


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Posted 31 January 2022 - 06:00 PM

Thanks. 

I will try to do this to .

 

I checked the link but in my video, the sheet was totally blown out white and you couldn't see the bands.  We had 5 cameras going but none dedicated to shadow bands!  My friend also was there shooting but he turned his video camera to the side so he could watch the bands with his own eyes, thus missing recording the event!  Here's a link to someone's video that shows it really well 10 seconds before totality.  From the voice in the background he too was using SetnC as either a timer or camera control program.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=qR0S_bCP7g0

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ZyhbuHh97qQ

Wow,  thanks. 

I might do that to. 



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Posted 15 February 2022 - 02:25 PM

Hi everyone. 

I would like to take pictures with my nikon.

Is there anything I should know before?

And maybe also with my cel.



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Posted 15 February 2022 - 08:38 PM

No problem. What sort of lens? You'll need a solar filter at the very least if you want to shoot the partial phases. You won't need one during totality.

https://www.nikonusa...e solar eclipse.

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 08:52 PM

Hi ,

My lense is a nikon dx  vr 18, 200 mm ed. 

 

No problem. What sort of lens? You'll need a solar filter at the very least if you want to shoot the partial phases. You won't need one during totality.

https://www.nikonusa...e solar eclipse.

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My lense is a nikon dx  vr 18, 200 mm ed. 



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Posted 16 February 2022 - 05:32 PM

You'll be able to get a fairly wide shot of the Corona during totality with that lens.
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Posted 16 February 2022 - 06:09 PM

You'll be able to get a fairly wide shot of the Corona during totality with that lens.

You were talking about a filter 

Do you have a link or a picture.

I couldn't find what you meant about the filter.

Thank you very much for your help.



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Posted 16 February 2022 - 06:16 PM

I don't have a picture but if you Google solar filter on Amazon you'll see the ones made by Thousand Oaks Optical. If you're handy you can make your own with AstroSolar film. But I'd caution you to really do your research if you are making your own.

Solar filters are needed when shooting the partial phases. Once totality begins, you can remove the filter to image the Sun's Corona. The filter must be put back on when totality ends.
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Posted 16 February 2022 - 07:10 PM

I don't have a picture but if you Google solar filter on Amazon you'll see the ones made by Thousand Oaks Optical. If you're handy you can make your own with AstroSolar film. But I'd caution you to really do your research if you are making your own.

Solar filters are needed when shooting the partial phases. Once totality begins, you can remove the filter to image the Sun's Corona. The filter must be put back on when totality ends.

 Thank you, I really appreciate it. 



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Posted 16 February 2022 - 07:20 PM

Np. The link above about eclipses and Nikon cameras has a wealth of info on the subject.
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Posted 27 February 2022 - 07:15 PM

I've tried, and I've had not so bad results.

I had some difficulties with the speed of obscuction.

It just takes practice.



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Posted 27 February 2022 - 08:05 PM

Get one of these for your camera lens... or more, if you're gonna use more than one lens. Easy to put on and take off. I use two of them on my 10x56 binoculars.

 

https://www.bhphotov...ens_filter.html

 

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Posted 27 February 2022 - 08:07 PM

Get one of these for your camera lens... or more, if you're gonna use more than one lens. Easy to put on and take off. I use two of them on my 10x56 binoculars.

 

https://www.bhphotov...ens_filter.html

 

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This is really neat,  thanks. 


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Posted 09 March 2022 - 07:42 PM

I just checked with my travel agency,

And already the hotels on the west coast of Mexico and west Texas are filling up very fast.

The travel agencies are getting a lot of calls for these destinations.

I have already booked a long time ago. 

 

Wisdom is to book as soon as possible. 





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