2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Guide Safe Camera Solar Filters

Scopedawg’s Eclipse Photo Guide

You are looking to capture that calendar shot of this once in a lifetime event, but you have questions about equipment, techniques and planning. Look no further, Scopedawg’s Eclipse Photograph Guide has all the information, resources and links you will need to photography the Total Eclipse.


Telescopes, mounts, tripods, camera adapters, much more.

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Photo Sites Link

Useful websites full of tips and techniques

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Guide Sheets

These cheat sheets are stuffed full of information, tips & techniques, graphics, pictures and more. Whether you are planning a widefield of landscape & eclipse or imaging through a telescope tracking the action you will find what you need, right here.


  • Options for shooting the eclipse
  • Challenges of eclipse photography
  • Solar safety filters
  • Types of equipment
  • Good lens choices for the eclipse
  • Field of View charts

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  • Smartphones, tablets and point & shoots
  • Widefields of landscape / eclipse
  • Height / direction of sun
  • Framing / exposure settings
  • Sky widefields
  • Where Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter & Regulus will be

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  • Advantages & challenges of increasing the focal length
  • Tripods & non-tracking mounts
  • Portable sky trackers
  • Tracking alt / az & equatorial mounts
  • Telescope types, good choices for eclipse photography

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  • Have a plan
  • Focusing & shooting manual
  • The eclipse time frame & filter on / filter off timing
  • Shooting the partial eclipse
  • Manually shooting the totality sequence
  • Eliminate blurry images

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  • Planning composites
  • Multi-Photo composites with a stationary camera / tripod
  • Including foreground
  • Aligning & layering images
  • Importance of testing & practice
  • Make your checklist

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Safe Solar Filters

Scopedawg Optics has partnered with Spectrum Telescope to offer a wide variety of solar filers for binoculars, telescopes and camera lenses. Whether viewing or photographing, these solar filters will help you safely enjoy the eclipse.


All Spectrum Telescope Solar Filters are manufactured from Black Polymer Solar Film and are completely safe for direct observation or photography. These filters block 100% of harmful UV and Infrared lights as well as 99.99% of the sun’s visible light. All filters meet ISO Standard 12312-12 for safe solar viewing with an optical density of 5.

  • Binocular & telescope filters available as Thin Film or Glass
  • Camera lens filters are threaded to fit specific lens sizes
  • Suitable for viewing or photography
  • Black Polymer film yields a natural yellow-orange solar disk
  • Thin Film & Glass filters are mounted in aluminum cells with a nylon adjustment screw
  • All filters come in a foam lined box for sage storage
  • Off-Axis filters available for telescopes larger than 8″ aperture


In-Stock Filters

Scopedawg Optics stocks the most common sizes of thin film filters for binoculars and telescopes, and threaded filters for camera lenses. Click on an item below to order from the Scopedawg Shop:

Non Stock Filters

To order non-stock filters click on the appropriate link below for glass, thin film or off-axis filters. Each link contains a list of available non-stock filters by stock #, size and price. Each list also contains common binoculars, scopes and camera lenses that fit the stock # and size of the selected filter. Orders will be placed with manufacturer, expect a 2 week minimum for delivery.


Black Polymer Film Sheets

Perfect for building your own solar filters, per instructions above. Comes in two sizes, select below to order:

9″ x 12″ Sheet – $20.00

12″ x 12″ Sheet – $25.00


Universal Mobile Phone Telescope Kit

Kit contains everything you need to snap eclipse pics with your cell phone; universal adapter, 8x telephoto, tripod & glass solar filter. For more info & to order:

Cell Phone Kit – $75.00

How to Measure Your Optics for Solar Filters – Instructions for assuring you order the correct size filter

Build Your Own Solar Filters – Illustrated instructions for building your own solar filters from film sheets, poster board, glue and tape

How to Photograph The Solar Eclipse

Author & astrophotographer Alan Dyer has a new e-book out and it is the one stop resource for photographing the eclipse.

How to Photograph The Solar Eclipse is a 290 pages of information, pictures, charts, diagrams, tutorials and maps for beginners and experienced photographers. Here is a small sample of what is in this $9.99 e-book:


  • Solar filters
  • Exposure tables and tips
  • Critical focusing tips
  • Tripods & tripod heads
  • Camera types & advice
  • Compsoing widefields
  • How to incorporate foregrounds
  • Best lenses for any shot / FOV
  • Alt / Az Mounts
  • Slow Motion Controls
  • Smartphones & tablets
  • Sequence of events / what to expect on eclipse day
  • Tracking mounts
  • How to compose time lapses of eclipse
  • Recording with video
  • Equatorial mounts
  • Sequences & Composites
  • Step by step Photoshop tutorials

iBook or PDF version only $9.99 Download Book

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