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Ready, Set, Go!

Post by Sunwatcher » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:00 am

Gearing up for the Eclipse next August:
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First light captured using items from the storage bin:
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Re: Ready, Set, Go!

Post by astro1949 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:31 pm

where will you watch from ?
what filter did you use........i'm starting to get ready
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Post by Sunwatcher » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:42 pm

An 101mm dark solar filter from Rainbow Symphony was taped inside the lens hood. https://www.rainbowsymphonystore.com/co ... 101mmblack

My observation platform is in Fort Worth, Texas Zip 76102.
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Re: Ready, Set, Go!

Post by astro1949 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:52 pm

ok---thinking about Jackson Hole Wy......i'll use my canon 100-400 --just need a filter ---good luck !!
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Post by Sunwatcher » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:21 pm

Good location Bob, good seeing and ought to be comfortable for the operator too. Looking forward to seeing your images, Tommy
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Re: Ready, Set, Go!

Post by Sunwatcher » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:48 pm

The Great American Eclipse page makes it easy to view posts about the topic, thank you.
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Post by marktownley » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:00 am

Nice setup! I think the key to success is to get as much practice imaging now with eclipse setups, so that when it is eclipse day it is second nature and attention can go to the eclipse itself rather than dealing with the equipment side of things.
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Post by Sunwatcher » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:16 pm

marktownley wrote:I think the key to success is to get as much practice imaging now with eclipse setups, so that when it is eclipse day it is second nature and attention can go to the eclipse itself rather than dealing with the equipment side of things.
Absolutely!

Another challenge is finding a good observing location. My home location works from about 3 p.m. until sunset.

I visited a geriatric rehab center recently that is located in a large hospital on a high ground location in the city and since it was the middle of the day the parking garage was almost at its capacity. The only spots left were on the top (tenth floor) where I could see an almost 360 degree horizon. (The elevator equipment room blocked about 20 degrees.) There should be time enough to make friends with the folks in the security department before the eclipse.

Maybe the best way to gain unlimited access to that wonderful viewing spot would be to participate in their fitness programs offered to the general public and one day just happen to have my solar viewing rig with me. That ask forgiveness instead of permission thing.
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