Observing the Sun with Coronado Telescopes, 1st Edition

  • Philip Pugh
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  • ISBN-10: 0387681272
  • ISBN-13: 9780387681276
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 326 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

At around the turn of the millennium, the introduction of the Coronado range of solar telescopes and filters heralded the 'coming of age' of amateur solar astronomy. Before then, solar astronomy was mostly white-light only. Hydrogen-alpha systems were expensive and difficult to use, but today even the budget-priced Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope) provides a band pass of one Angstrom and is thermally stable. That means that today's amateur solar observers can see - and image - sunspots, flares, prominences, plage, filaments, and active regions of the Sun, all in amazing detail.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Titles in this Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Table of Contents.
List of Contributors.
Trademarks.
1: Introduction.
2: The Lure of the Sun.
3: The Solar Cycle.
4: Limitations of “White Light” Viewing.
5: Introduction to Hydrogen Alpha Viewing.
6: Considering a Purchase.
7: Introduction to Calcium K Viewing.
8: Comparing Dedicated Telescopes Against Filters.
9: Observing Tips.
10: Recording Observations.
11: History of Coronado Instruments.
12: Outreach Programs.
13: Personal Solar Telescope*.
14: Facts at a Glance.
15: Physical Description (PST).
16: How to Store.
17: Mounting Options.
18: MALTA Mount.
19: Recommended Accessories.
20: Using Other Accessories.
21: General Guidance on Accessories.
22: Capabilities and Limitations.
23: Appraisal.
24: Double Stacking a PST by Cameran Ashraf.
25: MaxScope 90.
26: Facts at a Glance.
27: Physical Description (MaxScope 90).
28: How to Store.
29: Mounting Options.
30: Tips and Tricks.
31: Recommended Accessories.
32: General Notes on Accessories.
33: Capabilities and Limitations.
34: Appraisal.
35: Other Coronado Solar Telescopes.
36: MaxScope 40.
37: MaxScope 60.
38: MaxScope 70.
39: PST CaK.
40: CaK 70.
41: Imaging.
42: Hydrogen Alpha.
43: Cometh the Hour…Cometh the Software.
44: The Calcium Connection.
45: Imaging in White Light.
46: Alternative Products.
47: CromixSun.
48: DayStar Filters.
49: Untried Products.
50: SolarMax CaK 60 Filter Set.
51: CaK 90.
52: SolarScope 50-mm Filter Set.
53: SolarScope SolarView 50.
54: SolarScope SolarView 60.
55: Lumicon Solar Prominence Filters.
56: Thousand Oaks Filters.
57: Capabilities and Limitations.
58: Summary.
59: Personal Solar Telescope.
60: MaxScope 40.
61: MaxScope 70.
62: MaxScope 60.
63: MaxScope 90.
64: Use of Separate Filter Systems.
65: Calcium K Equipment.
66: Accessories.
67: Imaging.
68: Getting the Most from Your Coronado Telescope.
69: Unanswered Questions and Unquestioned Answers.
70: The Final Word.
71: The Physics of the Sun.
72: Solar Facts.
73: The Sun as a Star.
74: Birth, Life, and Death of the Sun.
75: The Solar Structure.
76: Coronado Price List.
77: Telescopes.
78: Binoculars.
79: Filters.
80: Eyepieces.
81: Other Accessories.
Glossary.
Index.
Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Titles in this Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Table of Contents.
List of Contributors.
Trademarks.
1: Introduction.
2: The Lure of the Sun.
3: The Solar Cycle.
4: Limitations of “White Light” Viewing.
5: Introduction to Hydrogen Alpha Viewing.
6: Considering a Purchase.
7: Introduction to Calcium K Viewing.
8: Comparing Dedicated Telescopes Against Filters.
9: Observing Tips.
10: Recording Observations.
11: History of Coronado Instruments.
12: Outreach Programs.
13: Personal Solar Telescope*.
14: Facts at a Glance.
15: Physical Description (PST).
16: How to Store.
17: Mounting Options.
18: MALTA Mount.
19: Recommended Accessories.
20: Using Other Accessories.
21: General Guidance on Accessories.
22: Capabilities and Limitations.
23: Appraisal.
24: Double Stacking a PST by Cameran Ashraf.
25: MaxScope 90.
26: Facts at a Glance.
27: Physical Description (MaxScope 90).
28: How to Store.
29: Mounting Options.
30: Tips and Tricks.
31: Recommended Accessories.
32: General Notes on Accessories.
33: Capabilities and Limitations.
34: Appraisal.
35: Other Coronado Solar Telescopes.
36: MaxScope 40.
37: MaxScope 60.
38: MaxScope 70.
39: PST CaK.
40: CaK 70.
41: Imaging.
42: Hydrogen Alpha.
43: Cometh the Hour…Cometh the Software.
44: The Calcium Connection.
45: Imaging in White Light.
46: Alternative Products.
47: CromixSun.
48: DayStar Filters.
49: Untried Products.
50: SolarMax CaK 60 Filter Set.
51: CaK 90.
52: SolarScope 50-mm Filter Set.
53: SolarScope SolarView 50.
54: SolarScope SolarView 60.
55: Lumicon Solar Prominence Filters.
56: Thousand Oaks Filters.
57: Capabilities and Limitations.
58: Summary.
59: Personal Solar Telescope.
60: MaxScope 40.
61: MaxScope 70.
62: MaxScope 60.
63: MaxScope 90.
64: Use of Separate Filter Systems.
65: Calcium K Equipment.
66: Accessories.
67: Imaging.
68: Getting the Most from Your Coronado Telescope.
69: Unanswered Questions and Unquestioned Answers.
70: The Final Word.
71: The Physics of the Sun.
72: Solar Facts.
73: The Sun as a Star.
74: Birth, Life, and Death of the Sun.
75: The Solar Structure.
76: Coronado Price List.
77: Telescopes.
78: Binoculars.
79: Filters.
80: Eyepieces.
81: Other Accessories.
Glossary.
Index.