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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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Videoing the eclipse

As you know, there will be a total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. I would like any information on videoing this event. I will be using the Canon XF300. I imagine that I would need a lot of ND filters. Can anyone give me any advice. Thanks. Bob
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Old May 15th, 2017, 10:34 PM   #2
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Gain as low as it will go.
Aperture as high as it necessary.
Shutter speed as high as necessary,
All ND internal filters applied.
External ND filters as necessary.

I, too, will be using an XF300.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 09:32 AM   #3
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Solar Eclipses & Video
while an old post it offers some ideas.

This is a common interned discussion subject and a search should turn up a lot of information.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 11:24 AM   #4
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When I had a telescope, it included a mylar filter for solar observation. But for a measly $20 you can make your own: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Filter-.../dp/B00DS7S52W
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Old May 17th, 2017, 01:36 AM   #5
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Most important thing is to not use your remaining eye.

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Old May 17th, 2017, 10:03 PM   #6
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During totality you don't need anything special at all. Just shoot it (with as many cameras as you can setup). Before and after totality -- don't even waste your time because a partial eclipse it's not going to make good video.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 05:42 AM   #7
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This is some really good information. Thank you everyone. I am planning on videoing the event from Hickory Knob State Park near McCormick, SC. Bob
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Old May 19th, 2017, 10:49 PM   #8
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Rain on Sunday :(
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Old May 20th, 2017, 09:52 AM   #9
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Anyone here in the USA planning to travel for this event? I am.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 11:29 AM   #10
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Anyone here in the USA planning to travel for this event? I am.
Yes, I am planning to travel to Kansas where it will be seen as a full eclipse.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 12:47 PM   #11
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I believe this is the first time in over 100 years where there will be a full eclipse from coast to coast.
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Old June 12th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #12
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hey Bob,

I will be in Manning, SC. Is that anywhere near Hickory Knob? Let's hope for clear skies. I have a Florida friend who is flying to Idaho because of the long-range weather reports.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #13
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Steve, I checked out Hickory Knob and decided that was outside the 100% zone. I decided to go to an area northwest of Clemson. You will be closer to the coast. Good shooting and be safe Bob
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Old August 20th, 2017, 01:39 PM   #14
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Sometimes, the best laid plans fall apart.
I have an airplane reserved to fly to the KY-TN path of totality and a Lee Solar Eclipse filter.
I neglected to check my calendar for prior commitments.
(Dope slap)
Now I will record an 86% partial eclipse from home.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 12:54 AM   #15
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With so many people videoing this. I will just wait and watch yours. ;-)
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