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Eclipse – A Debriefing

Eclipse – A Debriefing

I read A LOT about photographing the 2017 eclipse. I’m glad I did. I managed to come away with a few shots I’m proud of. And now that the 2ish minutes of taking photos of the totality are likely over for the next 7 years… I thought I’d put down some thoughts for myself to reference later, and anyone else thinking of trying to capture some amazing pictures of a total solar eclipse in their area.

My Photos:

My Notes:

I had a difficult time using my remote trigger and bracketed shots. Sometimes it would fire off all three and stop (like I think it should) and other times it’d get one or two shots into the next set. This causes an issue where you can’t change settings on the camera until you finish out the bracketed set. This caused me to take a lot of extra photos at the same exposure, while frantically trying to figure out where in the group of three I was. Then when I started to adjust the camera, I went the wrong way, and took shots at very long exposure settings that resulted in washed out useless images.

The blurriness from Image9 could be caused by slightly off focus, or the slightly long exposure time. Many images I took seem to be slightly out of focus- and the two changes I would make for next time would be shooting for shorter and shorter exposure times, as well as shooting tethered to a laptop with a large (and well shaded) screen for instant feedback. The infinite focus on my lens was technically too far, and I had to bring it back just a little to get the sun in focus correctly. If this was bumped, it could throw the next few sets of photos way out of whack. I was constantly checking the focus. Some gaffer tape to lock down the focus might be a good idea for next time, once I am confident it’s dialed in.

I think a big part of the chaos was not knowing where to start the camera. Once I removed the eclipse filter- I had no idea what kind of exposures were going to be needed. Hopefully, the info in this post can assist myself and others as a starting point for a future eclipse. Image1-Image3 and Image10 were all using an eclipse filter. Image4-Image9 were unobstructed, as we were in totality. (Image9 of the diamond ring is technically NOT during totality- and my filter when back on immediately after that photo was snapped.)

200mm seemed to work well. I shot at f/5.0, for no reason other than to stay away from the limits of the lens.  I might open that up some more next time, or research that a little bit more to see if I can, to get better shutter speeds.

I’m still on the fence if this would have made for more amazing photos: Opteka 650-1300mm (with 2x- 1300-2600mm) — The f-stop would be atrocious if there was any zooming at all, although it can be argued that going over 650mm is useless if you want to capture corona during the totality. The graphic from MrEclipse.com should be referenced for this debate in the future:

MrEclipse also has a great chart for recommended shutter speeds.

Overall, taking photos of the initial phases of the eclipse with the eclipse filter on was easy. Plenty of time, conditions not changing that much, very little to actually worry about preparing for. The totality time is what brings all the stress, regrets, and thoughts for next time.

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2017 Bonus Frequencies

Some extra frequencies to try out:

IMS Primary 469.900
IndyCar Officials 468.8250 / 464.1750
TV Broadcast 454.4000 / 450.8875
Radio Broadcast 454.0000
PA 455.1375 / 450.1375
Track Fire/Rescue 451.6875
NWS Weather 162.550
Goodyear Blimp 151.625
Air Traffic 118.675
Military Flyover 317.800
Life Line 155.160
MEC TA1 Analog/P25 Talkaround 811.350

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Channel Name Frequency
0 NOAA 162.55
1 PAGENAU 463.8875
2 NEWGARD 464.925
3 CASTRON 466.825
4 DALY 461.8375
5 HINCHCL 469.4375
7 ALESHIN 464.4625
8 CHILTON 461.1875
9 DIXON 456.65
10 KANAAN 467.0375
11 PIGOT 464.25
12 POWER 466.2125
14 MUNOZ 467.075
15 RAHAL 466.9125
16 SERVIA 468.2625
17 SAAVEDR 461.9375
18 BOURDAI 463.6
19 JONES 467.2
20 CARPENT 469.1125
21 HILDEBR 469.925
22 MONTOYA 459.525
24 KARAM 461.0125
26 SATO 467.4
27 ANDRETT 469.1375
28 H-REAY 469.3
29 ALONSO 462.4
40 VEACH 456.375
44 LAZIER 465.6125
50 HARVEY 461.075
63 MANN 466.7375
77 HOWARD 462.7875
83 KIMBALL 458
88 CHAVES 463.2875
98 ROSSI 468.4875
100 CALL 146.52
101 W9IRA 146.7
102 W9IRA 147.12
103 W9IRA 146.625
104 WA9RDF 146.835
105 K9DC 147.315
106 W9RCA 146.88
107 8559 147.65
108 W9FBZ 147.21
109 W9ICE 146.97
110 CALL 446
111 W9IRA 443.85
112 K9IP 443.425
113 NF9K 441.025
114 KA9GIX 444.875
115 W9ICE 442.65
116 TV1 450.6375
117 TV2 450.675
118 TV3 450.8375
119 TV4 450.3875
120 TV5 455.3125
121 TV6 450.75
122 OFFICIA 464.175
123 OFFICIA 468.825
124 PA 450.1375
125 PA 455.1375
126 RCECTRL 468.825
127 BROADCA 454
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2017 IndyCar Indy 500 Official Frequencies for CHIRP, Baofeng Radios

If you’ve wanted to listen in to team radio and track announcements- now you can do it yourself for about the same price as rental! Plus you’ll be able to do it every year afterwards at no extra cost.

>>> Download Chirp CSV Frequencies export file <<<

>>> View Frequencies List <<<

>>> Bonus Frequencies to Try <<<

2015_StartV1_1600x800Cars are input on channels that correspond with their number. So if you see a car pulling into the pits, or watching the lead change- perhaps a crash just happened- you should be able to type in the car number into your radio to skip directly to that frequency.  All car and track frequencies are set with “Duplex off” to avoid accidentally transmitting on these frequencies.

I use CHIRP to program my Baofeng radio, and then export it to a CSV file that anyone else can use to import, or use as reference for a different programming method. You are free to use it and share with your family and friends. All driver frequencies are taken from the official spotters guide. Additionally, I have added in frequencies that in the past have included the PA system, race officials, broadcast radio feed, and TV feeds. Some of these might not work- but they are there to experiment with. (Channels 116-127)

I’ve added the NOAA weather frequency on channel 000 for this year.

Finally- my export includes local Indianapolis repeaters and national calling frequencies for HAM operators. You must hold a Armature Radio License in order to transmit on these frequencies- but you can always listen! (Channels 100-115) (Learn more about obtaining your HAM license here)


Don’t have the gear to listen this year? It’s not too late. Amazon has everything you need- and if you’re in Indy- you can get free SAME DAY delivery if you’re a Prime member.


Baofeng UV-82 (the radio I use)
Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band ($24.90! With Same Day Prime!!)
Baofeng Black UV-5R V2+ Plus (Same day Prime eligible)

Adapter to make Headphones work

YCS Basics Headphones + Mic / Stereo Headset Adapter Cable for Office/Home Phones


Howard Leight 1030110 Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff (Same day Prime eligible)
Howard Leight by Honeywell 1010390 Hi-Vis Radio and MP3 Ear Muff (built in radio)
3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner

Earbuds – use your own, and then add some standard headphone ear protection (saftey, and better ability to hear radio transmissions)

3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff (hearing protection only- use your own earbuds)


Download Chirp here: http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download
Learn how to install Chirp and necessary drivers here: http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_CHIRP.php

The Miklor site is the best out there for Baofeng info! http://www.miklor.com/

(Other Chirp compatible radios)
If you already own or want to buy something other than the Baofengs listed above- the Chirp software should be able to program any of the following radios.


  • AT-5888UV
    Also includes the Intek HR-2040
    Also includes the Polmar DB-50M
    Also includes the Powerwerx DB-750


  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • DJ175T


  • F-11
  • UV-3R
  • UV-5R and variants
  • UV-6
  • UV-82/82L/82X
    Also includes the GT-5
  • UV-82C
  • UV-82HP/82DX/82HX
  • UV-B5/B6
    Also includes the BF-V85
  • BF-666S/777S/888S
    Also includes the GT-1
  • BF-F8HP
    Also includes the BF-A58
    Also includes the BF-F9V2+
    Also includes the GT-3TP
    Also includes the UV-5RTP
    Also includes the UV-5R7W


  • BJ-UV55
  • BJ-9900


  • UV-2501
  • UV-2501+220
  • UV-5001


  • FD-150A
  • FD-160A
  • FD-268A
  • FD-268B
  • FD-288A
  • FD-288B
  • FD-450A
  • FD-460A


  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-208H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H
  • IC-T8A
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • ID-51A


  • KT-980HP


  • JT220M
  • JT270M
  • JT2705M (use QYT KT-UV980)

  • JT-6188 Mini (use QYT KT8900)


  • TH-D7A/G
  • TH-D72
  • TH-F6A
  • TH-F7E
  • TH-G71A
  • TH-K2
  • TK-260/270/272/278
  • TK-260G/270G/272G/278G
  • TK-360/370/372/378
  • TK-760/762/768
  • TK-760G/762G/768G
  • TK-860/862/868
  • TK-860G/862G/868G
  • TK-7102/8102/7108/8108
  • TM-271A
  • TM-281A
  • TM-D700
  • TM-D710
  • TM-G707
  • TM-V7A
  • TM-V71A


  • NC-630A


  • VV-898


  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777


  • KT-UV980
  • KT8900 (same as KT-8900)


  • H-777 (use Baofeng BF-888)
  • RT-B6 (use Baofeng UV-B5)


  • GT-890 (use QYT KT8900)


  • TH-UV3R
  • TH-UVF1
  • TH-9000
  • TH-9800


  • FT-1D
  • FT-50R
  • FT-60R
  • FT-90R
  • FT-817/ND
  • FT-857/D
  • FT-897
  • FT-1802M
  • FT-2800M
  • FT-1900R/2900M
  • FT-7800R/7900R
  • FT-8800R
  • FT-8900R
  • FTM-350R
  • VX-170
  • VX-2R
  • VX-3R
  • VX-5R
  • VX-6R
  • VX-7R
  • VX-8R


  • MINI-8900


  • KG-UV6D/UV6X
  • KG-UV8D
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