Astronomers' Observing Guides

The Sun and How to Observe It

Authors: Jenkins, Jamey L.

  • Contains the latest, up-to-date information on techniques that amateur astronomers can use to observe the Sun
  • Explains the very latest thinking on solar physics in mostly non-mathematical terms
  • Includes details on the newest Hydrogen-alpha and Calcium-K line telescopes now available at affordable prices
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About this book

Without the Sun, all life on Earth would perish. But what exactly do we know about this star that lights, heats, and powers Earth?

Actually, we know quite a lot, thanks mainly to a host of eager solar observers. Looking directly at the Sun is EXTREMELY hazardous. But many astronomers, both professional and amateur, have found ways to view the Sun safely to learn about it.

You, too, can view the Sun in all of its glorious detail. Some of the newest, most exciting telescopes on the market are affordable to amateur astronomers or even just curious sky watchers, and with this guide to what the Sun has to offer, including sunspots, prominences, and flares, plus reviews of the latest instruments for seeing and capturing images of the Sun, you can contribute to humankind’s knowledge of this immense ball of glowing gases that gives us all life.

For a complete guide to Sun viewing, see also Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them (2007) by Martin Mobberley in this same series.

About the authors

Jamey Jenkins has been a regular contributor to the Sunspot Program of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) since 1990 and an active observer for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) Solar Section since 1998. He has been Assistant Section Coordinator of that group for the last three years. He has also published numerous articles and images in Sky & Telescope and The Strolling Astronomer.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Jenkins is an American amateur observer and he has written a very interesting book full of information for the solar enthusiast. … The author describes how a solar hydrogen-alpha filter works – very interesting to the beginner, and the old-time observer … . it is very well illustrated, with many of the images supplied by the author himself. … I recommend this book. … will be a good guide to observing our nearest star." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, August, 2009)

"The author is quite obviously an experienced solar observer and imager, contributing to the AAVSO Sunspot Programme since I990. … This book is primarily a practical guide to observing and imaging solar features in white light … and the K-line. There is a detailed discussion of the types of telescope suitable for solar observing as well as lenses and filters. … I found this book enjoyable and easy to read, providing a comprehensive practical guide to solar observing in one volume." (Lyn Smith, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1212), October, 2009)


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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-09498-4
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09497-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sun and How to Observe It
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Observing Guides
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09498-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09498-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09497-7
Series ISSN
1611-7360
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 206
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