We weren’t going to view the Transit of Venus.
There was no way we were going to wear a pair of ‘approved’ plastic glasses and look at the sun.
No way under the sun.
Can me overly cautious and you’d hit the nail on the head.
So we were prepared to settled with watching it online.
Then I heard about using binoculars to view the transit.
At first I dismissed it and popped it in the too hard basket, then during the transit I thought, ‘oh why not try it’ and now I’m so pleased we did.
It wasn’t hard at all.
We just pointed the binoculars at the sun – obviously we didn’t look through them – and placed a piece of paper at the viewing end of the binoculars…instead of our eyes.
On the paper, a little image of the sun was projected.
Now, it was VERY tricky to photograph so this is a terrible image of what we saw but here it is…
Venus in front of the Sun.
Can you see the faint black dot near the arrow?
Later we tried something a little more technical (as per an internet video’s instructions) but the effects were much the same as what we’d already seen.
So there you go.
We can now say we ‘really’ saw the transit of Venus.
I must say, as cool as its historical and scientific significance is, I wouldn’t have gone too much out of our way to view it.
At the end of the day, from our viewing point, it was just a black dot on a circle. 🙂
Gasp! Hey, I said it but surely others were thinking it.
🙂 Hehehehe. 🙂