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Photographing the Sun with a Hydrogen Alpha telescope

Viewing the sun can be fun when done safely.  I have three ways of viewing the sun:

(1) White light solar filter
(2) Baader Herschel Solar Prism
(3) Hydrogen-Alpha Coronado Solar Scope

The photos on this page were taken using the Coronado Solar Scope.

This Hydrogen-Alpha telescope uses an optical filter designed to transmit a very narrow bandwidth of light centered on the H-alpha wavelength. It is used exclusively for viewing the Sun. Normally the Sun's bright photosphere is so overwhelming that you can't see the most beautiful and dynamic features of the sun. I have had a lot of fun with the scope, AND since you do it in the daytime you don't lose sleep!

This photo was taken of a recent solar prominence that I shot the other day. A prominence is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun's surface and is anchored to the Sun's surface. They are loops of plasma following along magnetic field lines. This height of this prominence is about 4 times the diameter of the Earth!

September 10, 2017

October 8, 2017

October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017


October 15, 2017 - Fun photo at sunset with a distant tree on a hill on the horizon.