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SPA Solar Section

AR1987 in white light. Image taken on 2014 Feb 22 @1114UT by Philip Benson
Image of Active Region 1987 taken on 2014 February 22 by Philip Benson. Click to enlarge

The Sun, our nearest star,  is one of the most interesting objects in the sky.  It is a large object easily observed by amateur astronomers using telescopes of small aperture, and binoculars.  To find out more information about the Sun, the SPA Bookshop offers a number of books, including recommended ways for  observing it safely.   
 
GREAT CAUTION IS NEEDED AT ALL TIMES WHEN OBSERVING THE SUN.

NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH ANY OPTICAL DEVICE WITHOUT THE USE AS INSTRUCTED OF APPROVED SPECIALIST FILTERS OVER THE FRONT END OF THE TELESCOPE.  GUIDE SCOPES MUST BE KEPT COVERED.

DO NOT USE A TELESCOPE WHICH MAY HAVE PLASTIC PARTS SOMEWHERE.

DO NOT USE AT ANY TIME ANY EYEPIECE WITH A SOLAR FILTER ON IT.

NEVER LOOK OR STARE AT THE SUN WITH NAKED EYES AS SERIOUS DAMAGE  COULD OCCUR.

THE SAFEST WAY TO OBSERVE THE SUN IS BY PROJECTING ITS IMAGE ONTO A WHITE, SHIELDED, SCREEN .

An observing guide has been wriiten by John Chapman-Smith, a former Director of the Solar Section, and shows the various ways to observe the Sun safely and record an observation. Please read the observing guide before looking at the Sun.