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We’re excited to announce an opportunity to contribute to a first-of-its-kind citizen science project: the Eclipse Megamovie Project! The organizers are looking to get photographs of the upcoming August 21st total solar eclipse to build a movie of images from coast to coast. The MegaMovie Project needs skilled photographers to help create the movie, as well as support the solar science opportunities presented during the eclipse itself. For more on the goals of the project, see UC Berkeley’s official press release.
The MegaMovie organizers aim to recruit over 1,000 amateur photographers and astronomers who will be on the path of totality on August 21, 2017. Team members receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse. Once you qualify, you will receive a pin to designate your status as an official photographer for the project. Your name will also be included in the credits of the final Eclipse Megamovie. If you want to participate, visit their official website and SIGN IN to apply!
This is the base equipment necessary for participating in the Eclipse Megamovie Project:
- Camera: DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
- Telephoto or zoom lens: minimum focal length of 300mm
- A stable and level tripod
- Ability to identify the GPS coordinates and time to the nearest second
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