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Is it too late to order a Solar Filter for the Eclipse?

 
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Aug 18, 2017 10:19 |  #31

The bottom line here is there's no MacGyverying something to work. If you intend to shoot the eclipse with a long lens, telephoto or telescope, use a solar filter or don't image the partial phases.


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Aug 18, 2017 10:23 as a reply to  @ post 18430884 |  #32

If your in 96% now can you drive a few miles to get to 100% ? It shouldn't be that far for you .




  
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Aug 18, 2017 10:27 |  #33

People in the KY/IL/IN/MO area sure got lucky. Sunny, with a high near 91. About 20° too hot for me, but it's obviously the clouds that are important here.




  
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Aug 18, 2017 10:28 as a reply to  @ Mike Deep's post |  #34

Correct , partial phases demand Solar Filters . Sorry but trying to keep you from permenantly damaging your eyes . However you can setup a pinhole technique and take images . That way no damage to your camera or eyes . Look online , lots of great ways to do a pinhole . BTW even at 96% it still is not safe to try imaging the sun without a filter , Sorry .




  
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Aug 18, 2017 11:00 |  #35

Ok, another possibly dumb question, if I'm using my drone at this time, would I be able to do 360 pans since the lens is a 28mm lens? Or should I avoid aiming it at the sun completely? I'm reading about some cool things that will happen during the Eclipse and it would be cool to capture some of that on video from the air.


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Aug 18, 2017 11:04 |  #36

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Ok, another possibly dumb question, if I'm using my drone at this time, would I be able to do 360 pans since the lens is a 28mm lens? Or should I avoid aiming it at the sun completely? I'm reading about some cool things that will happen during the Eclipse and it would be cool to capture some of that on video from the air.


If your imaging the crowd from above with a drone be ready for plenty of upset people if you get it in front of their view of the sun especially those imaging . Drones can cause hostility , be prepared . As far as pointing the camera at the sun , same principle applies as a regular camera .




  
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Aug 18, 2017 11:35 |  #37

I'm going to try and be around no people then. There is a private lake nearby that I have access to. I might try there.


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Aug 18, 2017 11:39 |  #38

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I'm going to try and be around no people then. There is a private lake nearby that I have access to. I might try there.


Watch this video and you can see why you need a proper solar filter .

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Aug 18, 2017 11:42 |  #39

At 28mm it's no different than shooting on a regular day with the sun in frame somewhere.

I say that with a drone or live view in mind. I wouldn't look through a viewfinder with a wide angle lens and assume that's safe for the eye. It's only safe for the camera.


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Aug 18, 2017 12:01 |  #40

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Watch this video and you can see why you need a proper solar filter .

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Wow that is very interesting! Thank you for sharing that....


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Aug 18, 2017 12:02 as a reply to  @ Mike Deep's post |  #41

I've taken such shots with a 18mm but it mainly washes out a good image. I've had better luck using a Polarizer Filter adjusted properly for reflections also but still would end up washed out using a 18-55mm lens . But I would not image the sun with a zoom lens without a filter .




  
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Aug 18, 2017 12:06 as a reply to  @ Inspeqtor's post |  #42

What you saw in the video is why we highly express warnings with viewing the sun . People don't realize how fast and how much damage they can get from a scope or binoculars or a camera with a big lens or zoom lens without a filter . Cooks your eye in a few seconds .




  
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Aug 18, 2017 15:06 |  #43

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If your in 96% now can you drive a few miles to get to 100% ? It shouldn't be that far for you .

A few miles? the furthest southern area I can get to at 100% totality is about 110 miles from me. I've been checking zip codes Here (external link) and haven't found anything closer than 110 miles from me. That's about a 3 hour drive. I still may do it just to be able to see totality.


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Aug 23, 2017 18:56 |  #44

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