I set my alarm for a quarter to six this morning so that I could try to catch the start of the Transit of Venus across the Sun. I’d fastened my binoculars to my camera tripod, with string and tape, before I went to bed so all I had to do was take it out to the balcony and watch.
Of course I didn’t watch directly. Didn’t want to end up blinded for the rest of my life. I projected the image onto a piece of card which I’d stuck to another tripod. I ended up with an image just over a centimetre across. Not large but it would have to do. I also tried to get an image with nothing more than a pinhole in a card but, while I could get a much larger image, it was too dim to see anything.
I didn’t really expect to see anything very much but at around 6:30 it was pretty obvious that there was a little dot on the edge of the image. Now, over an hour later, it’s moved across by a millimetre or so. Once I get to work I hope to set up a telescope to try to get a larger image. It’ll have to be another string and tape job but, hey, these things happen so rarely that I just have to give it a go don’t I?
Posted 8 June 2004, 07:52 BST