I just used my binoculars to project the image of the Sun on a piece of paper, and the sunspot cluster is really obvious (http://plus.google.com/108952536790629690817/posts/iDaXhs6UgRR). Wow. Several other spots are visible too. The first pic in this album shows the results; nothing to write home about, but you can see the spots! The second pic is the setup I used.

Of course, don't look directly at the Sun! DO what I did in the picture. If you have binoculars, you can prop up a piece of paper, then aim the binocs at the Sun to project the image on the paper. It's hard to hold them steady (I use a tripod), but if you get an image of the Sun more than a few centimeters across the spots will be easy to see.
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Great idea. I'll have to give this a go. It's a great one for an eclipse. The last time we had an almost total eclipse about 12 years ago we broken open floppy disks and used the film disk inside to look through.
+Jas Montemayor Wow, blind typing, I'm totally impressed. Overcast here, no sunspot viewing for me. :(
Another warning, do NOT do this with an SLR camera as you can burn a hole through the shutter (you can probably melt a digital sensor too). I'm a little surprised that this doesn't warp the coatings on the objective lenses of the binocs, but neat picture; thanks.
I've always wanted to try this. I just went outside an saw my first sunspots. Too bad my binocs don't have a tripod mount.
+matt wartell Yeah, I wouldn't suggest pointing a camera at the Sun either. It can damage the optics and probably destroy the sensor.

It's not the best idea to point binocs at the Sun either, since it could hurt the objective (small) lenses. I've done this a few times with the big pair pictured above and never noticed any degradation though.

Trying this with a telescope is a big no-no, though, unless you have the right equipment, like a filter that fits over the aperture of the 'scope to prevent a lot of light from entering in the first place. Eyepiece filters are a bad idea. They absorb the heat and can crack catastrophically. Think of that when your eye is up next to it, and you'll realize just how bad an idea this is.
I have the aperture filter. It's great for viewing sunspots and eclipses (which I haven't seen yet with this scope).
That's insanely simple but brilliantly effective. I'm going to repeat this when I have a chance.
I need to try this. I'll use my cheap 8x40 Tascos, not the nice 10x50 Nikons.
That's how I watched and photographed the last transit of Venus... But camera and cheep binoculars were BOTH handheld, with a huge white wall as my screen! Worked brilliantly!
When I was a kid, I had a terrible wobbly 2-inch telescope from Toys R Us that actually came with an eyepiece solar filter. I shudder to think of that now; I don't suppose it'd pass any kind of modern safety standard.
Wish I could see the sun right now, I'm in Canada and there has been cloud in the sky for the last week :(
I also like it and my aim of life is also want to be a Astronomer
Hi Phil,

A few years back when Melbourne was in peak bush fire season, Melbourne was blanketed in smoke. The sky was quite disconcertingly the wrong colour.  I came out to the bus stop in front of my house and looked up. The moon was in the east. but something was wrong. It was completely featureless. well, except those 2 tiny black spots... Oh wait... it's the sun. I'm looking at sunspots in the middle of the day using burnt trees as a filter....

It was a pretty special moment.
Paul vdB - I mean this in the nicest possible way - your comment is useless without pics :)
+Andy Neefe Yeah I know. I was already late for a job interview (didn't get) and the only camera I owned wouldn't have captured anything useful anyway.

At least I can still see it in my mind.. 
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