Eclipse Shades for Viewing the Partial Eclipse Safely
For do it yourselfers, here is a sheet of the filter material that you can cut to size for several devices.
8″x8″ Solar Filter Sheet for Telescopes, Binoculars and Cameras
There are lots of different kinds of binoculars available. They are great for viewing details in the sun’s corona during totality (and ONLY during totality.) For a combination of night time and day time usage, I recommend either 10X42 or 10X50 binocs. The 10X42s tend to be a little lighter. That may be a factor if you plan to take them hiking. Here are some binoculars I recommend.
Nikon 7571 PROSTAFF 5 10X42 Binocular (Black)
Nikon 7572 PROSTAFF 5 10X50 Binocular (Black)
Celestron 71345 Outland X 10×42 Binocular (Green)
Celestron 71424 Cavalry 10×50 Binocular (Olive Green)
Specialty Optics – Sunoculars
These are binoculars specially designed to look at the sun. They have built-in solar filters and can realistically only be used to look at the sun. They are a perfect item to watch the partial eclipse portion of the total eclipse. They come in several colors.
If you want to take decent pictures of the eclipse, you need your camera on a tripod. I own a Slik U212D Deluxe Universal Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head -612212
Here’s another I would recommend –
Albott 70 Inch Professional SLR Camera Aluminum Travel Portable Tripod Monopod with Carry Bag
Cameras – To take images of the sun, most point and click cameras will not do. Neither will a smart phone. Taking sky images with those is an exercise in frustration. What you want is a camera that has a manual mode where you can control shutter speed and aperture, a high zoom, and a tripod mount. I have several cameras. My high zoom is a Nikon Coolpix p500, which is no longer made. The current model is the p530.
The same model only refurbished:
I also have a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera with interchangeable lenses. The key here is that I have an adapter that allows me to attach this camera straight to a telescope. My model is a Nikon D3300.
Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black)
The same model refurbished:
Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black) (Certified Refurbished)
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