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Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

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15 years 10 months ago #71453 by ayiomamitis
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Vaggeli,

Two comments ... (1) the pricing is so outrageous for this two-hr event that it is worth for one to pay the extra fees for excess luggage and (2) they do not offer mounts on their own for rental.

I wish them good luck with their offer! :lol:

Anthony Ayiomamitis
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15 years 10 months ago #71455 by michaeloconnell
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Anthony,
Many thanks for all the tips.
My main interest this time is to capture the corona so that will be my main focus. I captured the phases last time with my PST, so am not too worried about that them this time.
www.astroshot.com/Solar/images/Solar%20Eclipse%20PST%20V2.jpg .
(While the above image isn't exactly a "classic" and could do with some colour correction, it will suffice for now. It should be relatively easy to get the phases again this time, weather permitting as I will have a better setup, albeit white light only.)
Thanks,

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15 years 10 months ago #71456 by michaeloconnell
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One thing I just taught of is that on this occasion, there will most likely be no sunspots, so the Sun will be blank.

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15 years 10 months ago #71457 by ayiomamitis
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Michael,

My primary objective is also the extended corona. Although it is very tempting to simply sit back and wait for totality, I think I will also pursue the partial phases in the event something weird happens such as a plane passing through the field of view.

As for the absence of sunspots, this is a problem since it impacts our fine focus. The next option is to key on the edge of the sun (at 33.5 degrees altitude ... ouch!) and use the right-angled finder which allows 2x or 2.5x zoom.

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15 years 10 months ago #71460 by michaeloconnell
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The other image I would like to capture is a wide-angle shot during totality. Are there any cheap fisheye lenses out there??

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15 years 10 months ago #71461 by ayiomamitis
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The other image I would like to capture is a wide-angle shot during totality. Are there any cheap fisheye lenses out there??

I have the Peleng 16mm/f2.8 fisheye which I like ... if its doable for you, I can try and bring it (depending on how I resolve my kg issue).

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