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Post Eclipse breakdown – Quickest DIY Pinhole Camera ever

24 Oct 2014, 13:38 UTC
Post Eclipse breakdown – Quickest DIY Pinhole Camera ever
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Yesterday’s post had me discuss the partial Solar Eclipse that occurred around sunset for most of North America. The one thing I neglected to mention was regarding safe viewing of it.
In reality if you saw the sun with your bare eyes during a partial eclipse, it looks like the sun any other time of day – its bright. Don’t damage your eyes.
I found a bit of time in the afternoon to build a pinhole camera, which basically consists of a tube or box with a pinhole in one end and a film or ‘viewing area’ at the other end. Here is a good breakdown of how one works and how to build it. Mine was not this nice. I used a box for the chamber, and taped a paper plate onto the open side of the box. I punched a small hole on the plate using scissors, and cut a small hole in the box so I could view the image. Total time ~ 3 mins.
The pinhole camera worked, but the image was far too small as the box wasn’t big enough to give a good focal length.
The tiny orange sun being eclipsed
See that tiny ...

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