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A Practical Guide to Solar Observing and Imaging
Happy Living - Amateur astronomer: observing sun spots
Amateur astronomers usually consider themselves creatures of the night, since that is when the stars come out. But one star, our most important, most impressive star, the Sun, is visible at a much more convenient hour. The Sun bathes the Earth in life-giving light and heat as we orbit a mere eight light-minutes away. By comparison, light from the nearest star beyond the Sun takes more than four years to reach Earth. Astronomers can learn much about the distant nighttime stars by studying the characteristics and behavior of our own, daytime star. For amateur astronomers, viewing the Sun with a telescope is both interesting and fun!
How to Observe the Sun Safely
Compared with other areas of astronomy solar observing has a number of advantages:. This book was conceived and written by a group of German amateur observers. Each section was the responsibility of the amateur who had made that aspect of solar astronomy his specialty.