Hi all,

By chance, I'll be in Florida on Tuesday when Venus is scheduled to transit in front of the sun. It should be visible from about 6pm onwards.

I thought that a 4x5 view camera might make a good viewer. I've experimented with a pinhole mounted on a lensboard and can make fairly poor images of lightbulb filaments on the ground glass. I'd rather use a lens, but worry about how safe it is. I presume the dangers are targeting a bright light into my eye, overheating the ground glass or damaging the lens. That said, I have taken plenty of pictures with the sun in shot them and not had any problems.

Any thoughts?

James.