My kit for the solar eclipse, tested in my back garden

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My kit for the solar eclipse, tested in my back garden

Post by michael.h.f.wilkinson » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:50 pm

Just before leaving I did a last balance test of the kit I plan to use. Fortunately, I have a little band of sherpas (my sons) who are very happy to carry part of the kit in their carry-on luggage. The kit consists of my APM 80 mm triplet, with Ca-K module and ASI178MM, and my Canon EOS 700D with 100-400 mm zoom and 1.5x tele-converter, both carried on an EQ3-2, with a DIY "travel counterweight". I filled this with sand, and taped the battery pack to it, and got perfect balance.
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All survived the trip to the USA, so hopefully the weather gods will be clement, come the big day.
Solar kit: GP-C8 with Thousand Oaks Solar filter, APM 80mm F/6, Lunt Herschel Wedge, Solar Spectrum 0.3Å H-alpha filter, Beloptic Tri-Band ERF (80mm free aperture), Thousand Oaks 90mm ERF, Coronado SolarMax II 60mm with Double Stack Unit. Lunt straight B1800 Ca-K module.

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Post by marktownley » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:02 pm

Nice rig! Looking forward to seeing the results!
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Post by Montana » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:05 am

Glad you got there safely Michael, have fun and clear skies :hamster:

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Post by MapleRidge » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:08 pm

Great setup Michael...best of luck capturing some great images!!!

You are fortunate to have additional bags to help cart everything around ;)

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Post by Derek Klepp » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:42 am

I look forward to your results Michael.Alas my children have grown so I have to carry less now.

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