Hey Film Folks - Using Stellarium, I was able to see that I will have an excellent view of the upcoming Lunar Eclipse from my backyard (clouds permitting, of course).
I was wondering if anyone has any tips for getting some good shots. This is will be my first time trying to get some images, so I want to make sure I'm set up for success...Here is my rig:
Celestron 8SE SCT (2000mm Focal Length; F/10)
Pentax K1000 camera body
f6.3 Focal reducer - if needed or suggested/recommended
My plan was to use the camera in prime focus, either directly to the scope back our using a nosepiece adapter into the star diagonal. I can go either way...is one better than the other? I imagine the nosepiece adapter might be better, because I can then easily slip the camera out, pop an eyepiece in and get some viewing done as well...but is there a preference for images
Some suggestions for exposure time/ISO etc. would be helpful. I came across this website - http://www.mreclipse...to/LEphoto.html - which has a table of suggested exposure times for a given F-value and film ISO. I'm curious how accurate this might be...of course, I have seen multiple recommendations to bracket exposures, which I will absolutely do. I'm just curious if the table on that website would be a good starting place.
I was thinking of using B&W film, about 200 - 400 ISO, but maybe for sharper pictures I should try ISO 100? I'll be tracking with my telescope mount so I think I have flexibility with exposure times. Any recommended brand of B&W film? I'll use the B&W for the first phases, but then switch to color for the full eclipse (the red part). Any suggestions for ISO and brand of film for color?
I also have a 2x teleconverter - I know those have a really bad reputation for stealing f-stop and on a telescope would probably make the moon way too big in the frame...but if I use the f6.3 focal reducer and then use the 2x teleconverter, is there some kind of advantage there?...or is that just making noise (i.e. reducing and then magnifying again), where I don't need it. Maybe that is just silly talk...
I'm really excited about this opportunity and want to make the most of it...