Fortunately I am already better, and can move around fairly easily again. So, I have been using my chicken photography time to prepare for the August 21, total solar eclipse (see my February 19 post at www.bobbyharrison.blogspot.com). I have big plans for photographing the eclipse. One of the problems is the sun will be at an approximately 67º above the horizon. Most tripod heads will not permit a lens to reach that angle. For my main camera and lens (a 500mm with 2x teleconverter) I will be using an equatorial mount as a shooting platform. The equatorial mount will allow the lens to point in any direction.
The photos shown here is the lens set in a wooden cradle. I will use a vibration dampener (not completed at this date) between the camera body and base of the cradle for stability to reduce the play between the lens / teleconvert / camera connection.
The equatorial mount also has a right ascension (RA), and a declination drives with fine tuning adjustments. The drive controls should help me keep the sun centered in the lens without having to touch the lens. A right angle finder is going to be a must have, for photographing this eclipse. I will be very difficult to see through the viewfinder without one for this eclipse.
If you have not started preparing for the August 21 eclipse, START NOW! August 21 will be here before you know it.