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  1. #31
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Yan, since you mentioned wanting to photograph the next eclipse, keep watch of solar filters or read up on how to make your own. Moab Man said he created one himself. From what I've seen, solar filters tend to be around 15.5 stops (the sun's rays are too intense for sensors). You can also stack a couple of ND filters as long as they total at least 15.5 stops. If you don't use a filter when photographing the sun, then most likely you will damage your sensor.

    Filters specifically designed for solar images really would be your best bet. They may contain specific solar filtering that general ND filters lack.

    Here is the thread from last year's eclipse: https://nikonites.com/general-photog...#axzz58sgIYTyK


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  2. #32
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Thanks Hark. I plan on getting a solar filter. That's why I am starting to get geared up a few years ahead, that way I should have time to get all I need...

    Moab Man stated some "solar filters" of non-brands aren't what they pose to be, and cause issues, so I'll focus on getting something reliable. DIY or pre-made. I guess the first step is to get the lens to mount it on.
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yan Lauzon View Post
    Thanks Hark. I plan on getting a solar filter. That's why I am starting to get geared up a few years ahead, that way I should have time to get all I need...

    Moab Man stated some "solar filters" of non-brands aren't what they pose to be, and cause issues, so I'll focus on getting something reliable. DIY or pre-made. I guess the first step is to get the lens to mount it on.
    There were a bunch of people selling faked solar viewers on Amazon. They were even clever enough to fake the standards on the cardboard.
    Baader products are reliable if they are purchased from an authorized dealer.
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    I have read a lot about reflex lens and still am unsure of what to think. There are rather affordable mirror 500mm lens out there that I think would be interesting for moon and/or sun/eclipse shots.

    Some say they are great for such shots, with their aperture and low chromatic aberration; while others say they can't be as sharp (although I have seen rather nice moon shots with at least one of them so I guess it depends on the lens)

    Anyone has hands on experience on these that could comment please?

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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Here's a shot of the moon with my 70-300

    Astrophotography gear?-20180729_232258_dsc_3558_yl.jpg


    And that is a tentative of a shot of Mars with the same. 300mm ain't big enough, I will definitely need bigger.

    Astrophotography gear?-mars.jpg





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