Homemade Solar Projection Devices

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Christopher K.
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Homemade Solar Projection Devices

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Many of the devices in the sources below are widely separated from one another by cost, time and complexity. However, they all have the same function--to keep your eyes safe while enjoying a view of our parent star! Many of the instructions mention a solar eclipse since that is the only event during which many people think to make one of these devices (sadly enough). All of these devices are good for transits and sunspots as well, in addition to just looking at the Sun.

Sun projector from Neil Zimmerman and Michael Hepler:
http://www.neilzim.net/sunprojector/

Pinhole camera from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/proje ... le-camera/

"Do-it-yourself" sun watching from Tony Phillips:
http://spaceweather.com/sunspots/doityourself.html
Christopher K.
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Re: Homemade Solar Projection Devices

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Lovers of morning cereal can be rewarded with an incredible view of the Sun, eclipse or no eclipse...
https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/rpbo/pdfs/pinhole.pdf

As as alternative to standard Summer Camp, Highland Road Park Observatory is researching the possibility of offering remote ninety-minute modules. If the idea gains traction, one such module will be "Solar Viewing". Campers will learn about the importance of viewing the Sun safely and different manners in which the Sun’s body can be seen safely. They will learn about sunspots and flares, and devise their own safe sun-observing method. This module would be offered Tuesdays at 9am and 11am. Specific weeks of offerings, age ranges, prices and registration procedure will be found at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/camp.html
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