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2006-Feb-02, 11:50 PM
I'm going to Turkey (Side) with a friend for a week in March to catch this event - weather permitting. I'll be my first total eclipse as well as my first visit to Turkey. I'm Ok for the visual stuff but I also hope to do some photography as well.

I've a Canon D60 6Mpix with a 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 zoom lens which I can use either on maunual or fully auto. I have a sheet (A4 size) of Baader AstroSolar™ film, density 5,0 so can make suitable filters as required. At least one other pocket digi will be used too.

Any help or hints regarding making filters, framing, exposure times, ASA settings, tripod etc. would be much appreciated as we've had a lot of cloud and fog here lately so photographing the sun has been limited and the results so far have been less than exceptional. I desperately need to get some more practice in before I go!

Dave Mitsky
2006-Feb-03, 08:38 PM
There's plenty of useful information regarding exposures and other matters at http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SEhelp/eclipsePhoto.html

BTW, even at 300mm images of the Sun will be pretty small.


Dave Mitsky

2006-Feb-06, 01:08 AM
Thanks for the help Dave, I may re-think what I'm going to take with me.

2006-Feb-06, 01:45 AM
Looking forward to the pictures -- enjoy your trip. :)

Fr. Wayne
2006-Feb-07, 12:32 AM
And please don't ever look directly at an eclipse. signed your star mom

Dave Mitsky
2006-Feb-07, 04:35 PM
And please don't ever look directly at an eclipse. signed your star mom

It's perfectly safe to look at a solar eclipse sans filter during totality. Of course, that means being lucky enough to be within the path of totality.

Dave Mitsky

2006-Feb-07, 09:23 PM
If you can observe an actual total solar eclipse.

You definitely do not want to use any filters during totality. Au contraire, binoculars or a good telescope or telephoto lens are most appropriate. You can photograph the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" and, if you are lucky. . . you can even photograph the coronal "SunBird" that inspired the ancient Egyptian solar falcon god Horus, the mythical "Phoenix" bird and various other mythical birds of the sun.

Here is a letter to the editor that I am sending out to various newspapers around the world. Feel free to copy it and spread it around a bit -

Robin Edgar
XXXX rue St. Hubert
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H2J 2X6
Tel.: (514) XXX-XXXX

February 7, 2006

Dear Editors,

All human beings are invited to respond to the spectacular cosmic symbolism of the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" by observing World Day of Conscience on Wednesday March 29, 2006 and on all future days when this symbolic "Eye of God" metaphorically "looks down from the heavens" above our planet Earth. World Day of Conscience seeks to promote the healthy exercise of human conscience at all levels, from the deeply personal and intimate right through to "global conscience." World Day of Conscience should be observed in ways that call attention to, and seek redress for, any and all forms of injustices and abuses that occur in the world. Special attention should be given to those matters of conscience in the domains of human rights, civil liberties, and social justice, as well as serious environmental and ecological concerns.

All the individuals and groups who choose to observe World Day of Conscience are free to determine the most appropriate ways for them to do so. Religious and spiritual observances are certainly encouraged however non-religious manners of observing World Day of Conscience are also very appropriate. Suggestions for various ways of observing World Day of Conscience are welcomed, as are diverse forms of support for World Day of Conscience. At present the most urgent need for co-operation and support is simply to spread the news about World Day of Conscience as rapidly and as widely as possible to human beings in all parts of the world. Ultimately World Day of Conscience aspires to encourage the regular and healthy exercise of human consciences and to promote the global warming of human hearts world-wide.

The World Day of Conscience web site is at -


I may be contacted directly at - robinedgar59@yahoo.ca


Robin Edgar

P.S. For further information about the symbolic "Eye of God" and indeed other cosmic symbolism that is perceivable in total solar eclipses, and did in fact have a profound influence on the religious beliefs and practices of ancient humanity please refer to the following web sites -




2006-Feb-09, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the input guys. I will be directly in the path and should have about 3 mins. of totality if the weather cooperates.

This is a moon shot I took with the 300mm zoom lens during daylight and although not great, gives reasonable detail at 100% resolution. I'm currently looking at a 500mm lens but it's getting a bit pricey, (more than the trip!)

Full frame.


(hand held, taken 11th. November 2005)

Dave Mitsky
2006-Feb-09, 10:17 PM
You might want to consider purchasing a short-tube refractor (80mm f/5 or f/6) for photographing the eclipse. They're a lot cheaper than camera lenses of similar focal lengths.

If you're camera is digital, there's a multiplication factor involved in what the image scale will be. I used a film camera for the 1998 solar eclipse.

Dave Mitsky

Dave Mitsky
2006-Feb-11, 12:15 PM
Here's a solar-filtered shot of the post-totality Sun that I took through my 400mm f/5 Orion ST80 at prime focus during the 1998 solar eclipse.

Dave Mitsky

2006-Feb-13, 04:31 AM
Thanks for the continued interest.

Ok, this looks like it's going to be 'it'.

500mm prime tele AF lens, f1:7.2 (equivalent to 800mm on 35mm film SLR)

Received lens Saturday and haven't had much time to experiment. This was taken 12/13th Feb of the full moon to gauge relative image size . Conditions were foggy so excuse detail. Lens cost a packet but that's what tax rebates are for!

Full frame reduced to 800pix width to fit board


Full resolution (100%) cropped detail


I think this should give the best compromise between moon size and still get the whole sun corona - it'll have too! I'll also be taking a film SLR as back up and some other glassware as I won't have time to enjoy the eclipse if I'm trying to change lenses and reset cameras. My friend will have a wider angle point and click pocket digi which will hopefully catch Sun/Moon, Mecury and Venus. Depending who you read, totality for Side will be ~ 3mins 45sec.

2006-Feb-13, 07:47 PM
Wow. That's some serious reach! I'm jealous....