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    Watching eclipse with Drones ?

    Got a question here................

    I live near Carbondale Il. where the eclipse is suppose to be at its highest intensity in this area. I know you should not look directly at the sun when viewing the eclipse. They are selling the cheap cardboard glasses for viewing the eclipse safely.

    What would happen if I viewed the eclipse with my drone camera and used my Fatshark V3 goggles or a monitor to view the eclipse ? I'm not looking directly at the sun, just a picture of it. Would the intensity be the same and cause damage to my eyes, or possibly damage the camera itself, or would it be safe and I could see the eclipse as it happens ?

    Thought just came to me.

    Cary
    Last edited by Cary Pond; 17th August 2017 at 10:07 PM.

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    i would try it on a monkey first eh LMFAO
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    Hi Cary, The FS goggles canNOT emit anything bright enough to hurt your eyes, so viewing through them is as safe as flying with them.... well as safe as flying can be

    Doob.... is that why you don't have a pet monkey anymore... heh heh

    back to pointing things at the sun..... now hard to say what prolonged exposure to the fiery ball in the sky will do to the inards of your cam... mine get glimpses of the sun all the time and no probs... but for extended periods might heat things up a bit

    You can also build a pinhole camera/viewing device for ultra cheap and simple that works great!!! just google it

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    ron I think I maybe spanked him to death LMFAO
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    It won't damage your eyes definitely, more likely no damage to the cam either, they're meant to work in different light exposures. In fact, if it's a good cam with WDR (like latest runcams or popular hs117) the idea should work and you'll see (and record if you have dvr) your eclipse without buying a monkey for testing
    Where I live there will be only 80%ish coverage so the onle eclipse for me will come only later in the evening, after many beers...
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    Double post, I'm keep on repeating myself lately...
    If you're a noob, copy 1:1 what somebody already flies without too much questions, you'll find the answers later.
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    Well... you know what they say... if it's worth saying once it's worth repeating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Pond View Post
    I live near Carbondale Il. where the eclipse is suppose to be at its highest intensity in this area. I know you should not look directly at the sun when viewing the eclipse. They are selling the cheap cardboard glasses for viewing the eclipse safely.
    Thought just came to me.
    Cary
    Might be a little late, but if your camera doesn't have a real good IR filter on the sensor there is a good chance you are going to burn out some pixels.

    Basically what you have is a lens focusing the suns heat on the sensor and that ain't too bright of a thing to do.
    Everybody loves a bunny.

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