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03/15/2024 03:43:47 PM · #1
So the town where I live is on red-alert because we are in the perfect spot to experience a full-on eclipse on April 8th.
As it gets closer to that date, I'm gradually getting the feeling that I should take some photos.
I still have the D500 with crop sensor and a 200mm lens I plan on using. That said, I'm not sure if there's a filter I need (or maybe I already have). I do have an ND filter and Cir pol filter.
Thoughts and tips appreciated!
tate
03/15/2024 05:28:57 PM · #2
Those are not nearly dense enough.

If you have an offset printing shop locally, ask if they have any scrap graphic arts film (if they're still using negatives to expose their plates).

If not, PM me a mailing address and the outside diameter of your lens and I can probably send you a piece of film you can tape over it.

This is the setup I used 10 years ago; can't really get much detail, and I just set the focus at infinity:

03/15/2024 06:27:43 PM · #3
Tutorial (How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse).

Solar Filters
Solar Photography Filters

Message edited by author 2024-03-15 18:28:54.
03/15/2024 06:43:49 PM · #4
Well if you're going to get all technical ... ;-)

Forwarding these links to Isaac who is also in the path (San Antonio) ... in an unexpected (by me anyway) bit of sensibility he says the University president has cancelled classes for a couple of hours that day so people can experience it.
03/15/2024 07:53:32 PM · #5
Paul, unless Isaac is on the northwest side of San Antonio, he will be just outside the path of totality. It is well worth it, if he can, to put himself in the path. It's the last total eclipse in lower 48 and Canada until 2044 (!) so this is one not to be missed if at all possible... and of course if the weather cooperates.
03/15/2024 07:54:43 PM · #6
Eclipse Watch Party at Tate's house?

Tate's Totality Awesome Eclipse Extravaganza 2024
Let's party 'til we blackout!
03/15/2024 09:15:11 PM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

Paul, unless Isaac is on the northwest side of San Antonio, he will be just outside the path of totality. It is well worth it, if he can, to put himself in the path. It's the last total eclipse in lower 48 and Canada until 2044 (!) so this is one not to be missed if at all possible... and of course if the weather cooperates.

I think that's just where he is, but I gave him the heads-up to check.

UTSA Northwest campus

In the meantime he took this picture of last October's annular eclipse with his phone ...
03/16/2024 04:34:10 PM · #8
Yeh, he is *just* inside the path of totality I think. The length of totality would be only seconds, but totality nonetheless!
03/28/2024 05:12:59 PM · #9
Paul -- Small world! My daughter lives RIGHT THERE by that campus. She's on UTSA Blvd., in the OXLY apartment complex. And yes, that area is JUST within the area of totality.

We will be heading down there next week, and I'll be aiming more for the center line to get a longer view of totality. This is my setup, including a solar filter that I made out of solar film that I bought on Amazon, a PVC connector meant for heating & air conditioning, and some foam board:



Originally posted by GeneralE:

[quote=kirbic] Paul, unless Isaac is on the northwest side of San Antonio, he will be just outside the path of totality. It is well worth it, if he can, to put himself in the path. It's the last total eclipse in lower 48 and Canada until 2044 (!) so this is one not to be missed if at all possible... and of course if the weather cooperates.

I think that's just where he is, but I gave him the heads-up to check.

UTSA Northwest campus
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