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Re: Filter for eclipse?

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Aldi have a telescope for 50 at the moment, complete with the solar film, a barlow, 2 eyepieces and a phone mounting kit.
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

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Baader film is the way to go.

I bought a sheet of the film from somewhere, and cut out a precise circle to fit a UV filter suitable for the lens to be used.

There are some filters especially for telescopes made of Baader film, I made a second filter from one of these, cut to the lens filter size.

And get some practise in looking for sun spots here in Uk, when the sun shines of course

But as you are no doubt aware just make d=sure the film is fitted precisely.............

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Thanks. I've downloaded some "blue peter" style instructions on how to cobble together a cardboard filter with Baader film, and will give it a go.
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

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Aldi have a telescope for 50 at the moment, complete with the solar film, a barlow, 2 eyepieces and a phone mounting kit.
Do you have a link? I can't find the item in the Aldi app..

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Do you have a link? I can't find the item in the Aldi app..

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I'm afraid I only saw them in store.

Perhaps they're more awkward to post?? Some carriers have fairly small length restrictions...
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

There is a review for them here https://www.gadgetspeak.com/review/ALDI_Telescope-870688.html stock is apparently very limited - but fortunately I was given one for my birthday today! (The hint obviously worked.)
Not had a chance to investigate the contents properly yet.
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

I was lucky enough to grab some images of a near total eclipse a couple of years ago. I just used a relatively cheap ND10 filter and Live View. It was partially cloudy on the day, which actually helped because my location didn't offer a great deal of interest to include in the picture. I got some results I was almost pleased with. I wish I had some better scenery to include in the shot.

Another time at the end of the 90's I was sitting in a small boat with a couple of friends on a loch in a beautiful part of Scotland. We used welding masks to view it, but the best bit was the light on the landscape. I didn't have a camera then.

My advice, plan your shots before-hand. Find some nice landscape to watch it from and work out which direction the sun will be before you go. Can you get it to nestle between two mountains buildings.

Like sunrise and sunset it doesn't last that long, so when on location, think about the images you are going to get. Don't just get telephoto shots of the sun as I did.

Check the angle of the sun's height in the sky when the eclipse happens, so you can choose the lens. If the sun is going to be really high, consider vertical panoramas shot with a medium-length lens. (It's worth practising these before you go and even bracketing each exposure to get a good dynamic range.)

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Re: Filter for eclipse?

I am also looking at making photos of the eclipse. Are there any screw on filters I can use? I was wondering if live bulb would give a good picture. Has anyone used live bulb?

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Re: Filter for eclipse?

No..

Even with the Baader filter, exposure is 1/800th min depending on aperture.

Recommend something like 1/2000th at f8. Practice before hand.........
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

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I am also looking at making photos of the eclipse. Are there any screw on filters I can use? I was wondering if live bulb would give a good picture. Has anyone used live bulb?
No screw on filters that I am aware of which do not cost more than 100. Stick with Baader film.

Anyone who has used live bulb has only a badly burned camera to show for it. Remember that even though the eclipse looks dark, and even though you are using a solar filter, you are still taking a photo of the sun. The exposure will be a fraction of a second!

I strongly recommend some basic research on the topic, not just to protect your eyes and equipment, but also to get a general feel for what is involved, because without that, you will possibly miss the opportunity - the eclipse will be over before you have begun!

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Re: Filter for eclipse?

Web site that predicts solar and lunar eclipses............

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/uk/swansea

You can change location,,,,,,,,,,,,

7th and 21st August this year............
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

I have found a Hoya 58mm Pro ND 1000 (10 Stop) Filter. If I put 2 of these together, would this be good enough?
When I said live bulb, I was going to use it with a filter.
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

Cannot be sure of that combination.

But recommend Baader film, it is very very dense.

Experiment..............
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

Thanks for your advice, new to eclipse photography with this camera

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Re: Filter for eclipse?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Baader-Pla...UAAOSwfpVZJtx2

Just a quick search on Ebay..............

You can make up a filter with card and glue........especially if you have a clever daughter
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Re: Filter for eclipse?

Interesting topic. We also went to Cornwall in 1999 and saw it through cloud. It was quite something even with the cloud. I'd echo the comments about just watching it though as the last thing you want to remember is stressing out trying to get a decent shot. Another thought would be to set up a video camera on a tripod and video it as well. Then you can always relive the moments afterwards, again and again if you wish, plus you also catch other peoples reactions as a bonus.
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