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    Default What gear will you bring?



    Just curious what gear everybody will bring to the eclipse. First off, here's a great link at B&H video:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora...-solar-eclipse

    I started thinking about this today and decided on two or three cameras and two tripods. I will bring my 20x80 binos for non-solar entertainment and leave my scopes at home. I thought I'd bring my AVX and scope but that is a lot to carry and keep safe. I ordered a solar filter sheet last minute today because I leave on Thursday.

    I checked the manuals of all my cameras w.r.t. exposure bracketing and decided on the Canon Rebel Xsi (450D) and the Canon SX40. The 450D has 4 stops of exposure bracketing, the SX40 only 2 but it also has an 800 mm (35 mm equivalent) superzoom. I will put my 70-300 mm Sigma "Apo" on the 450D for the partial eclipse, and use the 800 mm superzoom of the SX40 for the corona.

    According to the first link the difference between the outer and mid corona is only a factor 8 so the 2 stops of my SX40 should get me close enough. I think I will also take the filter off the 450D and keep shooting as it has 4 stops of bracketing (a factor 16).

    Since the B&H video said you should never take a picture without a solar filter, I had to try and see what happened, of course. After all a lens diameter of 2" square (4) gets projected on a APS/C sensor of oh 1" square so that's just a factor 4, and a 300 mm zoom will bring the flux further down. I tried it with my Rebel XT (350D) at 1/4000th of a second because I care the least about it. It did not get damaged, I tried it multiple times. Here's a picture:

    sol.jpg

    Apparently it was not saturated, from this DSS process:

    soldss.png

    So I guess I don't really need a solar filter so long as I am at 300 mm and 1/4000 of a second. But I will craft a DIY filter from the sheet if I get it before Thursday.

    What will you bring?
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    That exposure doesn't look right. I think it is way over exposed.

    Considering a ND5. Filter is 1/100000 less than a bare lens, I think your shutter speed is way too slow.

    And full disc images properly exposed don't glow like that.

    I'm going d800 50mm

    Qhy163 at 300m

    Asi174 400mm

    I'm bracketing 13 stops through a script while tracking.

    Asi174 will video in auto mode
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    I am running the eclipse party at the Seagrave Observatory, we have set the rule that each scope must be manned at all times to avoid any possible problems.

    My main scope for the eclipse will be my LS80 with a ASI174mm-cool showing people the sun on my laptop and live streamed to our meeting hall. I will also do some captures during the eclipse.

    I will also bring my LS50 and SV80 with Herschel Wedge and 2 solar binoculars, one from Lunt and one from Celestron. I am bringing my Skywatcher Alt/AZ mount. I was thinking of breaking down my Skyview Pro and taking it but I am lazy to some degree.
    I have tested the Skywatcher and it will handle the LS80 and I have to be by the scope so if the scope moves off target it is easy to adjust.

    I really should bring the EQ mount, just hate to break it down because right now I have a good polar alignment in my backyard.
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    Ok specifically

    Flt98 with flat 6 and d800
    Zenithstar with asi174mm
    And 8" sct .7 focal reducer 31mm eyepiece

    All on ioptron ieq45 in alt az mode this may sound excessive but it is well balanced and will be my dark sky setup from the night before

    Generic 80mm scope and qhy163m
    Lunt ls60 with 10mm eyepiece

    On avx mount setup in side by side tandem

    Gopro on tripod

    Canon 10x30 binocs with and without filter

    Lunt branded solar eclipse glasses

    Everything is scripted and automated to run camera wise so I expect to be using my binoculars during totality
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    The Culpeper County Library is hosting an Eclipse Party and a couple of us from the informal Culpeper Astronomy Club that uses their facilities for our meetings is providing the telescopes. We currently plan to have three scopes with Thousand Oaks filters: two for eyepiece viewing and mine (SV110ED/G11 Mount) displaying the eclipse on a 17 inch monitor. The library has 200 pair of Eclipse Glasses to pass out the day of the event for those who haven't obtained a pair already. We're trying to keep this as simple as possible, and plan to emphasize use of the Eclipse Glasses.

    To check out my set-up, and to better advertise the event, I've conducted two Sidewalk Solar viewing sessions that have attracted between 30-45 folks per session (I've posted threads on these sessions already). I have one final session scheduled for tomorrow. To date, I've found folks are interested, but quite a few are somewhat reluctant to look through the scope until I explain the safety associated with my set-up.

    As for the actual event, I still have no idea what to expect in terms of numbers of attendees. Should be interesting

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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    We can only handle 30 cars so no idea how many people will be at Seagrave, and we are to get about 70% coverage
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    Whoa! I ordered my solar film Sunday on EBay and it was delivered today! A 9" x 12" sheet and a bonus pair of solar glasses too, for $37 from a vendor who claims it's all certified according to the proper ISO. Very impressed. BTW no matter what filter or glasses I won't be looking much - the risk is not worth it. But for the cameras it will be great.
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    Mainly I'll be observing through the 25x100s. I've got glasses for the entire family and several pairs for guests. The ST80 will be tracking and the 10x50s will also be available. There are several people coming to my home including a few forum members, most of these will have their own equipment.
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    So I just lost my glasses. Great timing! I went beach running with the tide coming in, took my time and on the way back I had swim around a concrete water break with only one arm because I needed the other one to hold my car key fob above the waves. I braced for a reflected wave and forgot to hold on to my glasses. Back at the car I found 3 spare pairs in the glove compartment; one almost identical but with noticeable scratches, another one totally scratched up, and lo and behold a great pair of custom sun glasses that I had totally forgotten about, brand new. So I guess I'm good for the road, the corona will look a little blurry.
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    Default Re: What gear will you bring?

    Whew.. at least you're still covered. Maybe you can find another new pair locally. It's something all the time isn't it.

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