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#1 Francois314


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 11:31 PM

I am planning to use a Canon Mirror less camera for the TSE in April. the greatest advantage of a mirrorless camera is that we do not have to wait 2-3 sec for the mirror to stop shaking (using mirror lockup), this means more time taking exposures, less time waiting. This is important if you plan to enhance the corona using Druckmüller's method, results are incredible but we need lots of exposure time to deal with noise far away from the sun, more info on our cloudynight forum: https://www.cloudyni...ing-achf-fnrgf/


the problem with canon mirrorless cameras is that none of usual software control works


- magic lantern does not work passed 5DIV

- eclipse orchestrator does not work (R5 not supported)

- capture eclipse works only with mac

- Solar Eclipse Maestro works only with mac

- SETnC works but has very limited functionalities


Skip suggested i try Digicam control, it's relatively easy to use. i was able to modify a small script found on the internet and got it working




I have no experience with TCL scripting, anyone interested in collaborating to write a script for the solar eclipse ?



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Posted 02 March 2024 - 07:33 AM

Check this thread:



Edited by XM381, 02 March 2024 - 07:33 AM.

#3 KevinMerchant


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Posted 04 March 2024 - 05:51 PM

Actually, the beta version of Eclipse Orchestrator (v3.9.1) works with the Canon R5. You can find it here - http://www.moonglowt...ator/Sell.shtml.


This is a build from April 18, 2023 using the latest (at that time) Canon SDK which covers mirrorless bodies up to that time.


I have been using v3.9.1 with an R5 and an R7, with no problems.


Also, there has been quite a bit of discussion using EO on the 2024 Eclipse Thread.


I hope this helps.



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#4 Joestemmerjr


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Posted 05 March 2024 - 01:14 PM

Is there a eclipse program (prefer PC) that works with Sony cameras?  I shot 2017 and 2023 eclipses using Sony camera and an iintervalometer, I'd like to up the game a bit.



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#5 vballrican


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Posted 25 March 2024 - 06:48 PM

For Canon, you can also use SETnC... It's the one i'm using and i think i read it's R5 compatible.. try it. 



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Posted 27 March 2024 - 09:24 PM

The current state of software for automating eclipse photography is really lacking.    I’ve been practicing for months, have experience with eclipses and photography……and now a hardware failure this week, missing a deadline by 1 day for re-downloading, the sunken costs in getting it working, I’m thinking of throwing in the towel at this point.  I’m an experienced software engineer, photographer, and have shot eclipses before.   I’m frustrated with the state of things. Too many pet projects that should really be open source. 

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#7 Ugo Bartole

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Posted 23 April 2024 - 10:20 PM

I am new to cloudy nights forum. I would like to know if anyone knows how to contact Robert Nufer as I have some questions about SETnC program failure during the last eclipse.

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Posted 24 April 2024 - 04:39 AM

The email address is on the webpage you downloaded it from.

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