Well, I saw this article about making a Sun Gun (no, not the one envisioned by German scientists in WWII), but this one, and I just happened to see a Fry’s ad for a $129.00 Celestron 60mm goto telescope and I couldn’t resist. So, after a quick trip to the penny less than a dollar store only I manage to get all the parts for this:
She’s a beauty, ain’t she.
Using the 9mm eye piece that came with the scope I was able to actually see 6 sunspots!
Despite the wind that kept moving my planter….er…sun viewing device around I could clearly make out the sun and the sunspots. Although it is not very apparent in these shrunk down, web size pictures, the full blow images are great. Visually it is rather stunning. Next steps: I will reinforce the connection a little more, but I now have a safe, quick and easy way for children of all ages to view the sun safely!
Please remember to never look directly at the sun as it will make you go blind!
Venus transit here I come!
– Ex astris, scientia –