In preparation for the last transit of Venus of our lifetime (coming to Newfoundland on June 5th 2012), I MacGyvered together my telelens’ sunshade and a standard ND 3.0 filter:

A makeshift solar observation solution

A makeshift solar observation solution

It’s a rather poor solution for observing the sun, but it sort of works, here’s an image of the sun I just made with it:

The Sun, dotted with sunspots

The Sun, dotted with sunspots

Those sunspots are an increasingly regular sight with the the solar cycle kicking into a higher gear.