Originally posted by Kewpie
Lots of people all showing the same half-dozen videos, but Japan was clouded/blizzarded out and only the Californians seem to have got a decent picture. I suppose you need some pretty fancy gadgets to get the best shots.
Solar eclipses are one of those events that really lend themselves to amateur photography.
You can get some really good results with fairly basic kit.
The sun/moon are big and bright so photographing them doesn't need a big telescope, and
often large telescopes can focus in on too small a patch of sky to get the whole picture.
As long as you have a decent camera, and have a reliable solar filter you can use to stop you
burning through your CCD (or eye), the main thing you need to get good pictures is a clear
spell of weather and an artistic eye for setting up the shot.
You can get solar filter gear for cameras of different kinds pretty cheaply, although this is
something you don't want to skimp on quality for, it's still not a break the bank item.