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Good luck to all of you for the transit of Venus 2012

The day for which we have been waiting and preparing for has finally arrived at our doorstep. In the US, the weather forecast is not looking good  due to two sharp dips in the jet stream, over the eastern and northwestern U.S. I will still keep up my hopes and I urge you all to do the […]

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 […]