Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 193–207

History of solar telescopes

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10686-009-9173-6

Cite this article as:
von der Lühe, O. Exp Astron (2009) 25: 193. doi:10.1007/s10686-009-9173-6


Solar observations have been done with telescopes since their invention—already Galileo looked at the Sun. Despite the Sun’s unusual brightness, telescopes which specialize in solar observations are fairly recent, dating from the late nineteenth century onwards. Today, many solar telescopes have rather little in common with nighttime telescopes. They are adapted to high light flux, a limited range of declination, and to the specifications of solar spectrographs and polarimeters. This paper presents the history of the modern optical solar telescope on the ground and in space, the accompanying evolution of scientific capabilities, and a brief outlook into the future.


Solar telescopes Sunspots Magnetic field Coronagraph Evacuated telescopes 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kiepenheuer-Institut für SonnenphysikFreiburgGermany

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