Solar Eclipse 2015

How to View a Solar Eclipse

Today I did something new, and after some trial and error it went rather well!

In Theory …

This morning was clear and sunny. At breakfast we discussed methods of viewing the eclipse without damaging our eyesight. Buckets of water were mentioned. Binoculars were mentioned. Pinhole cameras were mentioned. Apparently even a colander can be used. But not all at the same time! He Who Doesn’t Knit lent me his binoculars. And then left a bucket of water in the front garden. I wonder what the milkman thought when he delivered our milk this morning?

And in Practice …

I used the binoculars to project an image of the Sun onto an artist’s canvas propped against the garden fence.  There was a lot of trial and error before the first image was seen, since it’s difficult to know where to point the binoculars without actually looking at the Sun! And although it was still very sunny, the eclipse had long since started. Then a few adjustments. I attached some card to the binoculars to create a shadow so the image stood out more. But I couldn’t keep it still so, I mounted the binoculars on a tripod using Sellotape. Rather a lot of Sellotape, just to be sure, since He Who Doesn’t Knit might be upset if his binoculars were damaged. And after further adjustments to the position of the binoculars a good image of the solar eclipse was seen. So good I had to photo it! Several times …

Solar eclipse, 20-3-2015

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It didn’t go dark, but the light dimmed. Not a complete eclipse for us in the Midlands, but we had a great view. Neighbours came out to look and we shared a moment of wonder.

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