Solar Observing Techniques

  • Authors
  • Chris Kitchin

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 1-24
  3. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 25-62
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    Pages 63-66
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    Pages 67-107
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 195-218

About this book


The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the numerous safe methods of observing the Sun and solar eclipses, and to suggest objects and features to observe and observing programmes to follow. So much energy comes from the Sun that by failing to observe safe working practices it is possible to damage your eyes or equipment. The care that is needed is emphasised throughout the book. Always make sure that you have read the whole of a section or chapter before starting any observational work. However in warning when care is needed in observing, there is a danger of scaring people off observing the Sun altogether. Let me emphasise therefore that observing the Sun can be done in complete safely, providing that the precautions discussed in the book are followed. The Sun then provides one of the most interesting objects in the sky for an astronomer to study at all times, and during a total solar eclipse becomes uniquely fascinat­ ing to both astronomers and the general public alike. So take heed of the warnings given here but do not let them stop you trying out the safe observing methods. I wish you clear sunny skies and many hours of fun. Chris Kitchin Hertford, 2001 Acknowledgements I would like to thank Dr Ralph Chou for his help in supplying details of filters and of sources of further information on them.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-035-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0145-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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