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    Default Re: Preparing for the solar eclipse 2017 What equipment do you recomend?



    yes i have been testing the eclipse orchestrator and today I will be testing the Solar eclipse maestro to leave to the computer all the shooting stuff so I can enjoy the eclipse. Do you have any expertise using those programs?

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    Default Re: Preparing for the solar eclipse 2017 What equipment do you recomend?

    Here is the exposure matrix printed out from my previous post in case you missed it. These times are based on using a 5" f/6 refractor at prime focus, giving an effective FL = 762mm.

    As you can see, no exposure time on this chart requires a tracking mount even if you are using 600mm telephoto lens.

    F# 2.8 4 5.6 8 11
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    Diamond Ring
    NA 1/8000 1/4000 1/2000 1/1000
    Prominences 1/8000 1/4000 1/2000 1/1000 1/500
    Inner Corona 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/15 1/30
    Middle Corona 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4 1/2
    Outer Corona 1/2 second 1 second 2 seconds 4 seconds 8 seconds
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    Thanks I just print it.

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    Default Re: Preparing for the solar eclipse 2017 What equipment do you recomend?

    We've seen and shot total and annular solar eclipses from Roundup, MT. (about 75 miles north of Billings), Cabo San Lucas, Santa Catalina Island (off the coast of Los Angeles), Aruba, Munich, Puerto Vallarta, and St. George, UT. We're seeing and shooting the August 21 eclipse from Salem, OR with Jay Pasachoff and Mark Sood and their Classic Tours group. I'm shooting and observing with a new Tamron G2 150-600 zoom lens and a new 1.4x Tamron teleconverter matched to that lens and Nikon D3400 mounted piggyback on a Meade 8" LX200 with a ScopeSutff mounting rail and three rail cars for each of the two mounting screw holes on the zoom lens pedestal and the one on the camera for maximum support. I'm also observing totality with a Celestron C90 and partial with Celestron 9x63 Astronomical binoculars. Everything, including spotting scopes, will have Thousand Oaks Optical #5 neutral density filters. I just did get all of my equipment and I'm going to practice, practice, practice. The full moon is approximately the same light as totality. I'll write down bracketed shutter speeds for partial and totality. I imagine most of the Pashachoff/Sood group will be flying to Salem, but we'll be driving my wife's Acura RDX SUV. I can't wait!!!

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