Category Equipment

Preparing my Setup

Following the good advice from this blog, I ordered the Mylar emergency blankets which arrived today. I had prepared some cardboard fixtures  but as it turned out they did not seem too steady.   I finally  decided to go ahead affix the two sheets of  Mylar  with some office tape and a rubber band to […]

Why can’t I use a ND filter to photograph the transit of Venus?

Summary: Although you can probably use (a combination of) photographic neutral density (ND) filters to reduce the same amount of light as a typical solar filter (e.g. Baader solar filter), it is not SAFE for your eyes as it will not filter out the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) and infra-red (IR) light. The table below shows […]

Making of Solar Filter from Baader AstroSolar Film

In my previous post, I mentioned my reasons for ordering the Baader AstroSolar film in preparation for photographing the transit of Venus. In this post, I will describe the process that I adopted for making a solar filter. The filter can be fitted to any D-SLR lens using a standard Z-PRO Cokin ND filter holder. […]

Gearing up: Received Baader AstroSolar film

The last time I pointed my camera towards the Sun to photograph the 2009 Total Solar Eclipse, which is also a “once in a lifetime experience,” I had used a piece of a $9.00 Mylar Thermal Blanket instead of a proper solar filter in front of my lens. Well, that was not by choice but by chance […]