August 21st there will be a total eclipse of the Sun. The eclipse will traverse the continental US from Washington State to South Carolina. I will see it , weather permitting. I won’t really care if I don’t get a perfect shot or great documentation. I just want to witness a rare full eclipse. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. Time to gear up.

I’ve never owned a telescope, never mind a full blown solar telescope. What’s a cheapskate newbie astrological photographer to do? Improvise: I’ve got an old DSLR Pentax K-x. The first purchase was a telephoto lens. I picked up this cheap 500mm telephoto lens, It lacks some clarity and sharpness, but it’s cheap and gives me a good baseline. The next purchase was a filter to actually take pictures of the full sun (This isn’t needed for the full eclipse but helps for all other sun shots). Looking around the internet I found¬† They had the correct size filer for my lens , and fixed a shipping error promptly and courteously!

My first picture, without a remote shutter and on a lightweight tripod. It’s not sharp, but gives me a baseline to improve.


Categories: Gear

1 thought on “The Sun”

Ray · June 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts


Shopping List

Affiliate Link List of my shopping cart. Watches Casio¬†Pro Trek PRW2500 Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500Y CASIO G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GWG-1000 Trail Cooking Toaks Titaunium 1100ml Toaks Titanium Wood Stove Basecamp Stove Winnerwell Woodlander Deluxe Cook Tent Read more…



Trailpix is active on Kickstarter. I got a chance to use the prototype on a recent bike ride. Instead of trekking poles I used the pole from a tarptent double rainbow. This provided to be Read more…


Trail Pix

I actively look for things on Kickstarter that can be used for hiking & photography. The trail Pix can be used for both and utilizes your hiking poles and a string stake setup. It’s original Read more…