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Old Tuesday 15th August 2017, 00:21   #1
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Eclipse and camera

Okay, I'm in the path of the total eclipse set for next Monday and I have Eclipse glasses. What I want to know, even wearing the glasses, I know my eyes are protected but what about my Nikon camera and 400mm lens? Can I destroy the camera focusing on the eclipse and partial eclipse? Thanks guys.
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Old Tuesday 15th August 2017, 02:19   #2
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I saw an add from B&H photo about equipment sold for that purpose. I did not follow up on what that really meant because I have not been able to see if the area of totality extend into the Caribbean.

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Old Tuesday 15th August 2017, 15:08   #3
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Thanks Neils. I'll check their website to see if I can find info on it.
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Old Tuesday 15th August 2017, 15:34   #4
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Well a long answer from Nikon, but basically both you and the camera need the same protection.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and...r-eclipse.html
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And again

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and...r-eclipse.html

It is different to the first, mainly through being briefer and giving more info on the eclipse

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot...2017Aug21T.GIF

From here

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoog...21Tgoogle.html

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Got me some investigating to do. Thanks iveljay!
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Thanks Iveljay, it seems that here in the Eastern Caribbean, we are going to have sunset before eclipse. A well.

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Given the time of year, we'll probably be loaded with cloud cover.
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Safest way is to use someone else's camera
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I ordered a special solar filter 3 months ago from B&H. It was backordered at the time, but was informed the filter would be in and shipped prior to the eclipse. Lo and behold late last week email saying sorry won't be here any time in near future. Not happy.
Oh, you also want to use the viewing screen instead of the viewfinder.
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Good going Lisa!
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I ordered a special solar filter 3 months ago from B&H. It was backordered at the time, but was informed the filter would be in and shipped prior to the eclipse. Lo and behold late last week email saying sorry won't be here any time in near future. Not happy.
Oh, you also want to use the viewing screen instead of the viewfinder.
Not sure they can help at this point, but Anacortes Telescope has been good for funky astronomy gear.

http://www.buytelescopes.com
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Back in 1999 we were in transit and sat on the side of the road projecting the image using a long ancient lens onto something we thought wouldn't catch fire. Probably would have been better if we had practiced first!

Far more impressive was the sudden silence from the birds, you don't realise how much noise they make until they suddenly all shut up together.

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Another useful, if belated, set of advice.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...-eclipse-46092
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The section on how to photograph was very good iveljay. Thank you.

It doesn't occur until Monday so not belated
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Old Thursday 24th August 2017, 13:28   #16
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Did the camera sensor survive? Did you get the shot?
No worries in the UK as we are usually in cloud!!
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Hi Dave

I didn't take a chance using my camera but I did get a decent shot with my Smartphone. Here's a link to the pic in our Gallery.

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Cracking capture, phones and tablets can take some beating for their simplicity and incredibly good results.
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I took some photos with my APS-C sensor camera - no filters or solar films...essentially, cameras can photograph the sun without damage if you take some precautions - notably, stopping down the aperture to the smallest, setting the minimum ISO, and the maximum shutter speed - then don't spend any extended time pointing the lens at the sun - just real quick snap and lower, snap and lower, etc. All of this with the caveat that you should only ever be looking at an electronic viewfinder or LCD, not the optical viewfinder which will do serious eye damage if you look at the sun through the lens this way. Also, clouds are useful 'filters' of their own - if clouds are drifting over the eclipse, it reduces the intensity significantly allowing most camera sensors to shoot without risking damage - it's the same basic effect as shooting a sunset where the earth's atmosphere as the sun sets makes it much more muted and viewable, even to the naked eye.

Here in South Florida, we weren't in the totality zone - our maximum coverage was 81% or so. I had a 400mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter on an APS-C body, so I was shooting 840mm equivalent. I set to aperture of F45, 1/4000 shutter speed, ISO100. This was the highest coverage moment for us:
https://g3.img-dpreview.com/94BD0115...CDEF2BD701.jpg

I was surprised that even shooting with no filters at all, the clouds were able to reduce the remaining brightness of the sun enough to make out sunspots!
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Some good info Justin! Thanks
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We had an almost total eclipse two years ago and I must admit, I took some snaps with no ill effect to the camera.
It doesn't make for great pictures though the thin cloud covering gives a bit more atmosphere.
f8 1/8000th ISO 100 later adjusted the over exposure in Photoshop.
f32 just killed the clouds and was totally back.
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Nice one Dave.

I was just too afraid of losing my expensive gear as I was not in a position to replace it at this time.
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