How does one photograph a solar eclipse??

Hi – I wanted to know how I should (or if I should) photograph a solar eclipse given that I have the following equipment at hand (listing only what I think is relevant):

Nikon D80
variety of lenses, but the longest one is 300mm
10-stop ND
3 Stop ND
2 Stop ND
Manfrotto 055 XProb with 488 RC2 head

My worries are:
1. Is the 10-stop enough to capture an eclipse (will my sensor get fried?)
2. Do I need a special solar filter (how many stops does that provide in any case) – in which case I’m buggered as the eclipse is tomorrow at 6 AM and it’s a total eclipse – next one in a hundred and five years years)
3. I don’t want to stack the NDs as I’m getting a weird purple colour cast when I stack full-NDs

It’s been cloudy and rainy for the last 2 weeks, so I probably have little hope of actually seeing any of it – but just in case, I’d like to know if I can take the shot with the equipment I have.

Cheers

Vikram

Comments

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    How does one photograph a solar eclipse??

    WITH A CAMERA VIKRAM geeeeeeze lol :D

    Well, I really have no idea but since you are my go to technical guy and YOU are actually asking for help on this it should be interesting to follow what feedback you get. And I hope you get lots of good feedback because I want to see what you end up with! Good luck :)

  • LOL!! Yeah – the camera!! Should have thought of that!!
    But what I’m anxious to know is that if I do use it with the filters I have … will it remain a camera or just end up as an extremely expensive bit of junk!!
    Scared of frying my sensor with the eclipse (can’t view it with the naked eye as it can cause blindness).
    Don’t really expect to see any of it though as the sky has been overcast and full of dark black clouds for 2 weeks now. Don’t think I can wait around for the next one in year 2114

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    I was going to suggest “with a camera” but a smart ass beat me to it!!
    Will be interesting to see what info you get about this.

  • I replied to that smart ass – read reply SMII – LOL!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    ;-P

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    You have probably already found this but in case you havn’t, check this link out.

    Hopefully the skies clear and you will have will get the opportunity to capture it this time ’cause chances a looking a little slim for the next one ;)

  • Thanks Shelly – that’s the link that actually got me confused as it talks about a Solar Filter and I was under the impression that I could use my 10-stop.
    My next option is to use a pinhole to project it onto paper and photograph that!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    HEY! UMMMMMM SMART ASS CAN HEAR YOU TWO BY THE WAY!

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Check this out.

  • Hey that is REALLY cool!!
    So looks like I’d need a Solar filter except for totality where I can click without one.
    None of the stores here knew anything about a Solar Filter, but all is not lost as I have about 6 mins of shooting during totality!!
    Now to pray that the clouds dissapear!!
    THANK you Shelly – you’re the best!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    And this.

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This might be of some interest to you as well.

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraover 5 years ago

    More information on it here Hope that helps. Good luck with that.

  • Thank you so much. Now all I need to do is hope we get a clear sky tomorrow morning :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Ask Ern !!