I got all the bookings done to photograph the total eclipse of the sun on 14 November in Cairns. The total eclipse is expected at 6:38 am at 13.5° above the horizon and last for 2min. Sunrise is at 5:34 am and the partial eclipse begins a few minutes later. At 6:00 am partial eclipse is half way across. The main outstanding factors are the weather and the best location. Any ideas on the location? Will photograph with a canon 5DmkIII and either a 500mm canon with 2x extender or a borrowed 800mm with 1.4x. Any thoughts? I have ordered some Baader solar film and a canon internal filter holder that will fit both 500mm and 800mm lens. I’ll use a homemade altitude and azimuth gimble mount with a Gitzo GT1354ILS tripod. Hope that is stable enough.
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After a year trying to get the images printed on an Epson 7900 to conform in a consistent manner to what I was seeing on my DELL 30″ LCD screen, I purchased a new NEC Spectra view 3090 monitor at 40% discount. It is a great monitor, but I still was not able to get a consistent monitor calibration, using the Spectraview 5.0 software and the Eye one pro. In fact the best contrast I obtained was 80:1 and this decreased with each further attempt at calibration. Then I noticed that the Eye one pro was slightly warm to the touch. Could the screen be warming the Eye one pro spectrophotometer? I bought a USB powered fan to cool the Eye one pro during the calibration and Walla! The contrast shot up to 400:1, and the monitor calibration became consistent. So it is necessary to air cool the Eye one pro spectrophotometer to get a decent monitor calibration.
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