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Model: SOLARCANPUBrand: Solarcan
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The Solarcan: A single Solarcan, carefully packaged with all you need to capture a unique photograph.
Born from a love of photography, art & astronomy Solarcan is a unique camera designed to produce extreme time exposures that capture the Sun’s path across the sky.
SCIENCE BEHIND YOUR SOLARCANA Solarcan is as much an experience as it is a camera. Learning the science behind how it works and understanding its simplicity can be a real eyeopener.Why does the sun’s path look like that?As we observe the Sun in the daytime sky we can see that it rises in the east and sets in the west with it being highest around midday. This isn’t because the Sun is moving, it’s because the Earth is spinning. Once every 24 hours. The reason it rises and sets and doesn’t just travel in a straight line through the sky is because Earth is tilted on its axis. 23.5 degrees to be exact. This tilt also happens to be what causes the seasons we have throughout our Earth year. As we travel in Space around the Sun different parts of Earth are exposed to the Sun’s rays more than others, giving us our Summer and Winter. During the hottest season, summer, the Sun is more direct and higher in the sky. Its highest point is during the summer solstice on the 21st June. The lowest point is the winter solstice on the 21st December.
How does a Solarcan capture the Sun’s light?Inside the Solarcan is a single sheet of light sensitive photographic paper. Once exposed to light a chemical reaction happens to the emulsion and it begins to change colour. Traditionally photographic paper captures a latent image that is not visible to the naked eye and requires chemical processing, however with a Solarcan the light from the Sun is so powerful that as it passes across the paper it darkens visibly and no chemicals will be required to ‘develop’ the image. To capture the image a simple pinhole is made on the side of the Solarcan. This is the camera lens. Yes, it may be just a very tiny (0.5mm) hole, but it enables a readable image to form internally. As light can only pass directly through the pinhole in one direction and not scatter out, the sun’s path appears as sharp.
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