Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Venus Transit - 5 June 2012


This picture was taken at 5:14pm MST in Grand Junction, Colorado. It was created using a pair of 10 X 42 binoculars. The objective lenses (larger lenses) were pointed towards the sun. The ocular lenses (the eyepieces) were pointed towards the wall. I fit the ocular lenses into two holes in a big piece of cardboard to create a darker shadow around the image of the sun. I then blocked one of the objective lenses so that only one image of the sun would appear on the wall. I was happy with the results.  The picture below shows how the image appeared on the wall with the shadow from the cardboard. The one above has been modified so that the image of Venus is sharper.