So the Mercury transit of the sun is coming up in about a month. It starts at sunrise around here and lasts 2-3hours. I was going to try and get some pictures of it assuming I can get out that day. Typically it is rainy that time of year on the westside, and I'm thinking to head to the eastern side of the state.
It's not as interesting as a solar eclipse, but I think it will be fun to see and try and grab a picture.
Any of you also going to try and capture this rare event?
Note: you need solar film to protect your eyes/camera ...just like an eclipse.
I don't have experience using ND filters for solar imaging. I've just used the solar films from Thousand Oaks and Baader. They cut the light by like 100k. If you can capture an image without saturation of the sensor then you might get ok results. The main issue with unknown solar solutions is that you don't know if it is safe for visual viewing with your eye. You could also cook your camera. Whatever you do don't look at the sun through an unknown solar solution (including camera optical viewfinders). Your camera can be replaced, but your eyes can't!
Kite, yeah the observatory looks like a nice option if you can get there. Viewing the sun in H-Alpha is a great perk if they have that.
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