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Tomorrow's solar eclipse

I hope everyone plays safe tomorrow and protects their eyes by not looking directly at the sun unless they're wearing kitemarked safety glasses designed and certified for the purpose. I wouldn't be suprised if there are inferior copies in circulation that offer little or no protection.
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Sadly all irrelevant as it's the grey'est of grey days here with the classic depressing leaden skies with little or no prospect of the sun putting in any sort of appearance.

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Re: Today's solar eclipse

By 'eck. You are a whole day ahead of us up there in Lancashire..

I am planning to try for a shot of the eclipse tomorrow (assuming it isn't completely overcast like today) with the GX-7 and a legacy 200mm lens. I will be looking at the rear screen to frame and set the focus.

When it comes to using the telescope, I was going to try sticking an old camera pentaprism on the eyepiece to project the sun on the ceiling indoors. Absolutely don't look in the telescope when the sun is about, ever...

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Re: Tomorrow's solar eclipse

Haha yeah, sorry about that... I live in the future
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Save my embarrassment ...
How do you change the title?
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Why change it, Steve? It will be right tomorrow then wrong for ever (Or at least until 2029 or whenever the next eclipse is)

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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Or by gravitational lensing, some intelligence elsewhere in the galaxy or further away (they'll have very powerful telescopes by then ) will look and say, 'oh look at that' (not sure they'll be able to speak English, but what the heck) and marvel at the solar eclipse that happened SOMETIME in March 2015 .

Anyway, the sentiment was expressed, wasn't it.
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

My daughter has got all interested in astronomy and cosmology.. and has been bending my ear about all these latest theories.

As I said to her recently: Think of all that Dark Matter, all that unexplained mass, stuff we can't see. And think of all those individual black socks that have gone missing over the years.

Coincidence? I don't think so...
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

The dark matter has to be somewhere

Are all my wife's missing socks in your washing and vice versa?

And is dark matter gender specific as it only seems to be her's that go missing (I do my own washing after stresses early in our relationship)

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Did anyone try a solar viewing filter in front of a lens ?
Did it work?

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Re: Today's solar eclipse

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Did anyone try a solar viewing filter in front of a lens ?
Did it work?

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I had a play with some ND filters and tele-converters last weekend:


This was shot using the OM 300mm and has the Olympus OM 2X-A at the back of the lens, followed by the Olympus OM to 4/3 adapter, followed by the 4/3 EC-14 1.4 teleconverter, followed by the MMF-2 4/3 to m4/3 adapter, followed by the E-M10.
I put 12 stops of ND filter on the front and shot at f8 - 1/2500.
When I first looked at the results I thought I had a problem with dust, but it would seem I have captured some sun spots!
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Our local paper has tonight advised people not to view the sun through black bin liners or old photographic negatives.

What can I say?
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

I stopped looking at the SUN, when they dropped Page 3

I've also come up with a whole new terminology for cosmological theories: DON'T MATTER
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

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I stopped looking at the SUN, when they dropped Page 3

I've also come up with a whole new terminology for cosmological theories: DON'T MATTER
Well know you know you can view the overexposed parts of the Sun through a black bin liner it might help with the withdrawal symptom s

PS I had heard "from a friend" that Page 3 was back......................
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Bit late in the day but any tips on how to approach this?

Any idea of the best lens to choose or play safe and slap on the zoom?
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Re: Today's solar eclipse

Ah, at last, my post is topical and relevant, 'today', in context, has now arrived.
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