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Solar Eclipse


Jammy
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As we're having a solar eclipse next month I was just wondering if there are any filters that I need to take photos with my dslr?

I don't intend to use my scope; just the camera, lens and tripod.  I'd hate to damage my camera taking photos.

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You could make a filter to fit with Baader Solar film. About £20 for a4 size. I saw some smaller sheets on Amazon for around £7 too. To be honest, I'm not sure whether you'd be okay taking images when the eclipse is at its max. Which will be about 90-95% in Northern uk but wouldn't take any chances at other points. There's a lot of heat going to be focused by the lens. I'm going to get a sheet of the film and make filters for my scope, binos and camera lens. Of course, after spending £20 it will be cloudy! Hopefully someone with a greater knowledge will post on this and maybe recommend some setting as a starting point for imaging. This months sky at night mag recommends 100ISO and 500th sec shutter speed with a dslr on a small refractor using safety film to cover the scope aperture.

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During the 1999 eclipse, which I think was >90% where I was (Oxford), I set up binoculars on a tripod, masked one side of them and projected the sun through the other side on to a sheet of white paper, getting an image about 8-10 cm in diameter.  Nothing seemed to get very hot.  (There was a fun moment while I was setting up, with full sun, and a plane crossed the sun, giving me a nice silhouette of one wing and engine on my screen.)

I don't think I'd like to point my DSLR at the sun, though.

Mary

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Thanks for that.  I might have to have a rethink before using the camera to take photos.  I did have a look at the Baadar solar film.  I might get some of that and see if I can make a filter to fit over the camera lens.

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Can I use Baader AstroSoalr Safety Film ND 5.0 with my camera, or will my camera still be damaged?

Sorry to keep asking silly questions, but I don't want to damage anything, especially my eyes!!

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