How to Observe the Sun Safely - The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series (Paperback)Lee Macdonald (author)
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This title concentrates on providing practical, on-the-spot advice to the amateur astronomer who is interested in observing the Sun, using commercially available equipment. This book surveys what is visible on the Sun, before describing how to record solar features and measure solar activity levels. There is also an account of how to use H-alpha and Calcium-K filters to observe and record prominences and other features of the solar chromosphere, the Sun's inner atmosphere. Because we are just entering a period of high activity on the Sun, following a long, quiet period, many more amateur astronomers will become interested in observing it.
The second edition includes an update of Chapter 2 to reflect advances in solar observing equipment since 2002, and a section on building a solar projection box, originally included in the main body of this chapter has been moved to Appendix A. Also Chapter 6 thru 8 have been completely revised to give amateur astronomers advice on how to use film to photograph the Sun, and how to use digital cameras. This new edition also includes more than twice as many illustrations as the first and almost half of them new images.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 429 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2012
From the book reviews:"In Macdonald's book the reader finds different methods and a variety of equipment that can be used for observing our nearest star without any damage to their eyesight and also gets ideas on what to do with the observations. ... I found the book very useful ... . If you're thinking of starting to observe the Sun, this is a great book to get more information about all the available options." (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, September, 2014)
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