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Observing the sun is one of the most interesting and rewarding facets of astronomy to which amateurs can contribute meaningful data. It is the one branch of astronomy that requires only modest equipment and that can be pursued during the day. Peter Taylor, long-time chairman of the Solar Division of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, is a keen and highly experienced observer of the Sun. In this book he explains in a clear and practical way everything that a telescope user needs to know in order to make solar observations. The book deals with such topics as the historical background of solar observing, choice of equipment for the safe conduct of solar observations, observations of sunspots, and reporting observations. New techniques, such as electronic recording and the operations of radio telescopes, are also included. The level of presentation is understandable to anyone with basic astronomical knowledge and some experience in handling a small telescope.


A clear and practical account of everything that a telescope user needs to know in order to make solar observations.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-156) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Historical perspective; 1. The relative sunspot number; 2. Characteristics of the sunspot-cycle; 3. The Zurich and Mount Wilson sunspot group classifications; 4. Common terrestrial effects; 5. Equipment: the telescope, aperture filters and image projection; 6. Image orientation; 7. Observing the Sun's spots and other solar phenomena; 8. Using a Porter disk to determine heliographic positions; 9. Observing solar white-light flares; 10. Detecting solar flares electronically; 11. Constructing a solar flare monitoring station; 12. Computation of observer statistical factors and other equations; 13. Solar eclipses and the amateur astronomer; References; Index.

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Taylor, Peter
Cambridge University Press
Taylor, Peter O.
Cambridge England ;
Astronomy - Solar System
Amateurs' manuals
Sun Amateurs' manuals.
Astronomy - General
Practical Astronomy Handbook Series
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