I built a pinhole projector last night with the hopes that the weather might clear up by Sunday here in South Florida and the kids next door can view it safely. We will only be able to see a partial eclipse here as will most of the US, but seeing something in front of the sun is always interesting.
This is one great way to view the show and the one below could be put together in about 15 minutes. Ideally, if I had another 12 pack, I would have made the projector longer for a larger image, but this will be fine.
Just for the record, it is possible to photograph the image on the projector’s screen and in the plans, we shall see what happens. If the weather cooperates, I will have the scope out but that is about a 1 in 10 chance right now.
This will also be great for viewing the Venus transit of the Sun on June 5, 2012. I’m sure I can find an extra Pepsi box by then.
Never view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device, such as a camera’s view finder, binoculars or a telescope! This will cause permanent damage to your eye. Magnifying the Sun in any way with any device and viewing by eye will cause that damage just that much faster.
Who gets to see any of the eclipse in North America?
Well if your like me you have heard the News about this upcoming event and that it is a must see. My News down here is touting it but fails to mention that it doesn’t even begin until after our sunset on Sunday. Not until you get into the nuts and bolts of this eclipse do you discover that this is primarily an event visible to the western US and only a small viewing area in the US will get a chance to see the actual annular eclipse.
That being the case here is a very good map of who will get to see something. Events of this nature are almost always pretty much limited to various parts of the globe and serious observers plan vacations around these events.
Cleveland Area View for Anna
Fort Worth Area View For CobaltBlue and Bethany
Does This Pinhole Projector Really Work?
So, Anything Up There Behind The Scenes?