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#1 min_rk

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Posted 18 April 2024 - 05:40 PM

For those that missed out I captured the eclipse from the front lawn of the US Airforce Museum in Dayton Ohio and now have it online at Meta/Oculus TV and both a 4k cropped version and the VR180 8k version on Youtube. The 4k version is ok but the best experience will be had by using a VR headset to watch on either Meta TV or Youtube VR in 8K. You can find it on Meta TV by searching for my creator's name MIN_RK and on Youtube my name is Hillbilly Hobbyist.

 

Keep in mind that this event had several firsts for me. The first time out with the new R5C camera with dual fisheye lens, the first time astro imaging away from the comfort of my driveway and the first time doing any solar imaging other than some test shots the week before. This was also the first time using Sharpcap so I ended up making a few mistakes. I did not have any intentions of going to the totality until just over a week out so I had to cram hard. I got a thousand oaks filter(learned too late that the Baader is better for imaging) off amazon and had to design and 3d print a housing for it. My mini pc is attached to the dovetail of my Edge scope so I had to design and 3d print a new housing to attach to the Sharpstar. Thanks to the guys in the imaging with sharpcap thread I was able to use an automated script but I could have done better on some of the timings. My biggest regret is not getting critical focus due to the rush and thousand oaks filter. The inlay was captured with my scope and consists of images straight from camera with processed filler. It is by no means a perfect sync but has roughly the same timings other than where several clips were dropped due to clouds. If you notice during bead/ring sections, there were several satellites that flew by. Anyways, if you have a headset then please check out the video.

 

4k regular version https://youtu.be/SxE2Y8JlPfA

8k VR180 version https://youtu.be/frjMJB0XPIE

 


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Posted 19 April 2024 - 11:45 AM

I watched it on Quest 3 and it was pretty neat.  It did surprisingly well at not blowing out the eclipse.


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Posted 19 April 2024 - 07:15 PM

Yes, the R5C is a quality camera with cinema grade dynamic range. I have had some decent cameras over the years but always wanted a top of the line full frame model. This was the fulfillment of a long time dream of mine.

I watched it on Quest 3 and it was pretty neat.  It did surprisingly well at not blowing out the eclipse.



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Posted 20 April 2024 - 06:52 AM

Yes, the R5C is a quality camera with cinema grade dynamic range. I have had some decent cameras over the years but always wanted a top of the line full frame model. This was the fulfillment of a long time dream of mine.

Nice!! Thanks for posting! I had thought of doing this as I have the dual fisheye lens but alas only had one R5 which I was using for shooting photos.  Did you shoot this in RAW ? What did you use for editing? Wondering if more could be pulled out from the corona?



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Posted 22 April 2024 - 08:03 PM

Yes, raw and edited in Davinci Resolve. I was more focused on the full scene so it is possible that you could layer the clip and mask it to pull more out but I haven't tried.



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Posted 23 April 2024 - 06:20 PM

Yes, raw and edited in Davinci Resolve. I was more focused on the full scene so it is possible that you could layer the clip and mask it to pull more out but I haven't tried.

Any way you could post that raw file somewhere. I’d love to see what you could pull out of it to decide whether it’s worth to shoot 180 VR for the next eclipse. With the new canon cameras coming out I figure I’ll go for one of the upgrades meaning I’d have a spare to devote to the dual fish eye. 





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