SOLAR OBSERVING

Solar Filtered Scope
Solar Filtered Scope

Solar Observing

is an observing technique that takes extreme care. A Solar Filter that is put on the front of your telescope is a must, if you are doing any kind of solar observing, be it prime focus or solar projection observing. NEVER look through a telescope without any filter, as this can cause permanent eye damage (blindness)

Solar Projection There is Eye Piece Projection Observing, which the sun is projected onto a white background through the eyepiece, as shown to the right. The picture shows using an 8" Dobsonian Telescope (A.Vibert Douglas) on loan from the Kingston Centre RASC.

With Solar Observing you can contribute to the Scientific Community as an Amateur by collecting sunspot numbers. I collect this data monthly and send it in to the AAVSOAmerican Association of Variable Star Observers. Each Solar Observer has their own code number for authenticity and database management.

Here is the instrument setup for my solar observations.

Scope Schmidt Cassigran- Catadioptic F/12 100 mm
Solar Filter1000 Oaks Type II+
Eyepiece26 mm

My code number for observation submission to the AAVSO is HAYK.

I have been actively looking at the Sun over 10 years now, but just started to submit all my solar results in 1999. At the 88th Annual fall meeting of the AAVSO held in Hyannis Massaschusetts on October 30, 1988 I was presented with a certificate for the Solar Contributions that I have done over the years.



YEARMONTHYEARMONTHYEARMONTHYEARMONTHYEARMONTHYEARMONTH YEARMONTH
1999JANUARY 2000JANUARY 2001JANUARY 2002JANUARY 2003JANUARY 2004JANUARY 2005JANUARY
1999FEBRUARY 2000FEBRUARY 2001FEBRUARY 2002FEBRUARY 2003FEBRUARY 2004FEBRUARY 2005FEBRUARY
1999MARCH 2000MARCH 2001MARCH 2002MARCH 2003MARCH 2004MARCH 2005MARCH
1999APRIL 2000APRIL 2001APRIL 2002APRIL 2003APRIL 2004APRIL 2005APRIL
1999MAY 2000MAY 2001MAY 2002MAY 2003MAY 2004MAY 2005MAY
1999JUNE 2000JUNE 2001JUNE 2002JUNE 2003JUNE 2004JUNE 2005JUNE
1999JULY 2000JULY 2001JULY 2002JULY 2003JULY 2004JULY 2005JULY
1999AUGUST 2000AUGUST 2001AUGUST 2002AUGUST 2003AUGUST 2004AUGUST 2005AUGUST
1999SEPTEMBER 2000SEPTEMBER 2001SEPTEMBER 2002SEPTEMBER 2003SEPTEMBER 2004SEPTEMBER 2005SEPTEMBER
1999OCTOBER 2000OCTOBER 2001OCTOBER 2002OCTOBER 2003OCTOBER 2004OCTOBER 2005OCTOBER
1999NOVEMBER 2000NOVEMBER 2001NOVEMBER 2002NOVEMBER 2003NOVEMBER 2004NOVEMBER 2005NOVEMBER
1999DECEMBER 2000DECEMBER 2001DECEMBER 2002DECEMBER 2003DECEMBER 2004DECEMBER 2005DECEMBER

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Last updated July 31,2005
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