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Photographing the Sun, ND1000?


cheddar-caveman 17 1.2k England
12 Nov 2020 12:23PM
Very simply, is a ND1000 filter good enough for photographing the sun?
Nigeyboy 12 945 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2020 12:38PM
Never take risks photographing the sun! I'm a keen amateur astronomer, and have a 150mm f8 reflector. For that, I use special solar filter film that cuts out 99.99% of all light. Leaves a yellow / white image of the Sun and any sunspots that maybe visible.

Something like This

If you are using a camera lens, I would think that the same sort of solar film would be best. Plus, its a lot cheaper than a ND filter! You can get an A4 size sheet for about 20, and cut it to fit your lens.

Cheers

Nige
12 Nov 2020 12:41PM
And remember that the sun cancause serious problems with your eyes, so don't look at it - and that includes through the view finder. This is advice from Pete Lawrence who does all the 'sky' photos for 'The Sky at Night'.

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/astrophotography/astrophoto-tips/how-to-safely-photograph-the-sun/
cheddar-caveman 17 1.2k England
12 Nov 2020 12:51PM
Thanks. Yes I have seen the solar film and was going to buy it but then found a 72mm ND1000 filter so my question is/was, is this suitable for solar photography?
Nigeyboy 12 945 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2020 1:05PM

Quote:but then found a 72mm ND1000 filter so my question is/was, is this suitable for solar photography?


Honestly couldn't say! Just remember the more mm the lens, the higher the magnification, and the brighter the sun appears to become. The ND1000 is 10 stops, where as solar filter runs from 16 and upward . . . .
cheddar-caveman 17 1.2k England
12 Nov 2020 1:49PM
Ah, thanks, understand that better! I'll go for the film.

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