Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

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Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby tastybrain » 01 Jun 2012, 02:21

I was curious if anyone was planning on viewing the transit of Venus this coming Wednesday (June 6th) or if they know of any lists of viewing stations in Taiwan perhaps at/by universities or astronomy clubs. Being the last chance any of us will have to view it in our lifetimes, I thought I'd try to get a glimpse. Absent that, I'd like to know how to get my hands on some viewing goggles at the very least since I understand looking through undeveloped camera film is not recommended. I'd also love to hook up with local astronomy aficionados. Thanks.


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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby Hamletintaiwan » 01 Jun 2012, 02:30

Maybe you could buy or borrow some welding glasses.
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby Petrichor » 01 Jun 2012, 03:39

Hamletintaiwan wrote:Maybe you could buy or borrow some welding glasses.


This could be dangerous if the glasses aren't strong enough and I don't know how you would check. http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/viewing.php

The safest way is to look at a projection of the sun through a pinhole onto a screen. I have the sad feeling there's going to be a few thousand people with damaged eyes after this event.
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby bigduke6 » 01 Jun 2012, 08:42

The NASA link states no 14 welders glasses are safe to use. Have no idea where to get though.
There is also a live webcast, but not the same as seeing it directly. Maybe you could find solar glasses on yahoo auctions?
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 01 Jun 2012, 09:18

I think that Monday at sunset there will be a partial lunar eclipse until about 8 P.M.
Just make sure that you don't look directly at the moon or you'll go crazy.
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby the bear » 01 Jun 2012, 09:23

Dr. McCoy wrote:I think that Monday at sunset there will be a partial lunar eclipse until about 8 P.M.
Just make sure that you don't look directly at the moon or you'll go crazy.


I think the preferred term is "lunatic". :cool:
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby Hamletintaiwan » 01 Jun 2012, 14:43

Petrichor wrote:
Hamletintaiwan wrote:Maybe you could buy or borrow some welding glasses.


This could be dangerous if the glasses aren't strong enough and I don't know how you would check. http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/viewing.php

The safest way is to look at a projection of the sun through a pinhole onto a screen. I have the sad feeling there's going to be a few thousand people with damaged eyes after this event.


Sorry, i did not want to endanger anyone. I thought these once might be strong enough to protect your eyes.
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It's very difficult to do any welding with these because they are really black. As a matter of fact, I injured my eyes once with those because you need to get your rod into place close enough before looking through this glass.
It happens that you touch the iron accidentally and blind your eyes.
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Re: Transit of Venus Viewing Stations/Equipment?

Postby sandman » 01 Jun 2012, 15:36

I see welders all of the time here. They just screw their eyes up a little bit. Seems to work fine.
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