Step 5: Project!

Carefully align the binoculars with the sun.  Over the course of viewing, you will have to move the binoculars to track the sun as it moves across the sky.

Hold your other piece of foam board about a foot or so behind the lens.  If you've got the binoculars pointed properly, an image of the sun should appear!  Take a look below for some of the pictures I took of the process.

I did this on a cloudy day.  The clouds were fairly thin and high for most of the eclipse, so it wasn't too bad of a problem, but towards the end heavier clouds started rolling in.  I noticed that as the clouds thinned I was able to move the board further from the binoculars, projecting a larger and more clear image.  On a day with no clouds, you should be able to hold the board quite far from the binoculars, making a very large and detailed image!
This is great! Thanks for posting it. I rigged one up myself with an old piece of foam board that has some aluminum foil on one side. Would you recommend taking this off or leaving it on? I assume it would cut down on some glare, but I have no idea. Also, do you need eye protection when looking at the projected image?
Hi CynicalUnicorn, sorry I missed this until just now! I'm not sure about the foil, I think it'll be fine. As long as you're not looking into the binocs you don't need eye protection (at least, not as far as I know!
very nice......and a welding visor is a good alternative, easy and comfy to wear aswell, but only if you know what the shade rating is on the visor, i think 13 is borderline...
Thanks for the heads up on the Venus transit I would have had no idea otherwise
I hope you get a chance to see it!
i viewed it throughout a 13 shade welding mask.
A lot of people have told me that. I like my method because you can get some magnification, which will be good for sunspots and the Venus transit.<br><br>Still, I wish I'd bought a welding mask, it would have been nice to have an alternate method!
Great way to indirectly view the eclipse. Awesome pictures!
Thanks! I'm planning on updating with some sunspot pictures and pictures of the Venus transit, if the weather cooperates.
I had a special filter for direct viewing, but I like this method more. I hope you get pictures of Venus, I totally want to see that!
Nice work! I had something like this set up as well last night. We were able to view about 95% of the full ring from where i live. If we'd have driven about two hours south we could have seen the full, symmetrical ring. Anyhow, it was still awesome and my kids got a kick out it. I don't know anything about this Venus Transit you speak of, so i'm going to have to look into it. Thanks for the heads up!
By the way, I'd like to hear back if you see that transit!
I got maybe 75% at best, still pretty awesome! My dad down in southern Oregon got to see the full ring, I'm jealous!
This is very nicely done! <br> <br> I was working on something similar this weekend but sadly, we had clouds at sunset so I did not get to see even the partial eclipse as the sun was setting. <br> <br>There is supposed to be a partial view of a transit of Venus here in 3 weeks, so I can try for that as well as look for sunspots.
Thanks! You should try for Venus, you'll never have another chance!
Good idea to use the binoculars. Personally, I would a recommend a welding mask if you have one. I worked amazing for me. Every one of my neighbors wanted to take a look through it.
Good idea! Sadly, I didn't have one and had to make due with what was on hand!

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