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Photographing an eclipse

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I'm curious if anyone has had experience of photographic a proper eclipse (not the uk cloud versions :hihi:). I will be in the US in August, right under the totality of an eclipse.

 

I can't take lots of equipment but I was wondering if anyone had tried using welding glass for this king of work? A solar filter is waaaay to expensive.

 

My digging says that No12 glass will give a 15stop reduction so that should be enough to take a picture of the sun. Obviously looking through the view finder is still a no no but i can use the liveview to see the image.

 

Anyone had good results with this?

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