Solarscope sun viewer

Set up this simple solar viewer, and you're sure to attract a crowd.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Solarscope sun viewer
Point the Solarscope at the Sun, and make sure the focused beam falls on the small spherical mirror in the base. Adjust the angle slightly so the Sun’s image is off-center, and look for sunspots. Because you can’t look directly at the Sun through this device, there’s no threat of eye injury.
Astronomy: William Zuback
This review, “Follow the daytime star,” appeared in the December 2005 issue of Astronomy magazine

Planetarium professionals, teachers, and other educators have always had a thorny problem with observing: Most students are available only during daylight hours. It’s difficult to get students together for an evening under the stars. One option is to view the Sun. Although viewing our star can be dangerous, a number of safe methods exist. These include handheld or telescope-mounted filters and pinhole projection. The ideal product for sun-viewing would combine safety and low cost, and now you can buy such an instrument. It’s called Solarscope. Solarscope was invented by astronomer Jean Gay from the Cote d’Azur Observatory in Nice, France, as an easy way for groups to view the Sun.

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