straight -on sun shots

Started Dec 31, 2007 | Discussions thread
orbmansony
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Re: straight -on sun shots
In reply to j_b, Jan 1, 2008

The heat can also damage the optics - precisely why an aluminized mylar filter designed for safe solar viewing is necessary before any direct sunlight enters the camera components, not to mention your eye.

Only when the the sun is VERY near to the horizon, and the thickness of the atmosphere at that angle filters most of the sunlight, can you look at the sun safely without a filter - sunset and sunrises are okay. Viewing partial solar eclipses just before and after totality are NOT safe - you won't feel the pain, but the eye's retina will be damaged.

Here's a link to some of my film-based SLR solar astrophotgraphy - all of the solar shots, except the full totality of a total solar eclipse were shot through an aluminized mylar filter desigend for solar viewing.

http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/solarlunar.htm

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