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Chris Steel

Member Since 14 Feb 2017
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In Topic: Preston MDR2 G4 Blue dot + extras

Yesterday, 01:18 PM

Any idea where that pivot bracket is from? Future reference etc


In Topic: Viewing Glass

09 December 2017 - 05:10 AM

If your glasses or viewers "are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish" - NASA

 

I don't think sunglasses will be strong enough to look at the sun, even with UV protection.

 

Welders glass with UV cut will work also. I'd still want to cover the sun with a completely opaque spot just incase though


In Topic: Have you ever feared that Police would mistake your camera for a gun?

08 December 2017 - 01:53 PM

 

You can't be summarily banned from travelling- you might be arrested if you really kicked off but then it would be the BTP stopping you from travelling, not TfL.

 

Good to know.

I knew TFL could cancel your ticket for breaking a bylaw then promptly arrest you for tress-pass. Though I have no idea how often that actually happens.


In Topic: Have you ever feared that Police would mistake your camera for a gun?

08 December 2017 - 12:53 PM

I've heard that big Shoulder supported cameras are "items of special interest" on the London Underground as they might be disguised weapons / explosives.

 

I occasionally have to travel with a built camera on the Underground and this is a concern but not a major one. UK armed police are fairly good at reading situations and having talked with a few are well aware of what an actual camera looks like.

 

What's more of a concern is getting a fine for filming without a permit and not being able to get home because TFL has banned me or something. Needless to say, I advise productions not to travel Cinema cameras on the Underground without a TFL escort. It's just asking for trouble.


In Topic: Viewing Glass

08 December 2017 - 12:40 PM

I've seen gaffers hold up a heavy viewing glass up to check cloud coverage. They've all had a small square of thick black tape in the middle of the glass to cover the sun itself. Still seems risky to me.

 

Can't recommend looking directly at the sun ever, even through heavy filtration. UV radiation is not good for your eyes and the sun puts out a LOT of UV.

 

If you plan on looking at the sun regularly, get an official sun filter or glasses. Anything for viewing an eclipse should work but it might be tricky to see thin cloud coverage. And even then, I would avoid looking directly at the sun and looking for as short a time as possible.

 

As for best brand of gaffers glass, no idea. I'll let those that have more than none make recommendations :)


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