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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002 edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 185233035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852330354
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,304,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is part of a series aimed at the newcomer to astronomy. In many respects the author fulfills this aim very well … . The book is well illustrated with drawings and photographs – over 30 of which are in colour. … If … you are keen on becoming a solar observer, make a space on your bookshelf for this book. Or if, like me, you are established in solar observing, keep it as a reference for when you take up CCD imaging … ." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, April, 2002)

"This book forms part of Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series … . it discusses the safety precautions that need to be taken in such a way as to be informative and not to scare someone from making solar observations. … The book also gives sufficient information for someone, for example, to attempt taking photographs or CCD images of the Sun. … I think this book will encourage amateur astronomers to take up solar observing … ." (Peter Meadows, The Astronomer, Vol. 38 (450), 2001)

"This book deserves to be in every observational astronomer’s possession. In just over 200 pages, excellent and clear descriptions, advice on solar observing methods – most of them within the reach of amateur astronomers – are given. … The many illustrations and diagrams are all relevant and well chosen, as are the (not too many!) equations. … This book is wonderful value and should encourage all amateur astronomers to observe our nearest star. A nice, warm welcome to this book." (Richard Bailey, Popular Astronomy, October, 2001)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Keen on 26 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Astronomers are nocturnal and tend to ignore our nearest star - the sun. Chris Kitchin has written an excellent and comprehensive introduction to observing the sun. He makes it interesting and also attractive, in that it can be done in daylight!
Solar observing is the dangerous side of astronomy. The sun can blind an unwary observer. This book strikes a fine balance between warning you of the hazards but managing not to scare you off.
Highly recommended.
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If it were described and titled as "Beginners Solar Observing Techniques" then it might be a good buy. However it lacks any depth and readers would soon wish for much more information (and will need to invest money!) if they want to know more than the basics
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Great book for beginners
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Four Stars 5 Aug. 2014
By Tom Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
good basic book on the sun.
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Incompetent Author 20 Jun. 2012
By Richard H. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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The section on the Herschel wedge or solar prism immediately informed me that the author was totally misinformed about it's use and level of safety. He obviously has never read the correct instructions for using one, much less actually used one as he does not even mention use of the ND3 filter that is always used with such a device. I find this inexcuseable in an author writing a book about solar observation.

His "not safe" conclusion is correct if anyone tried to follow his use instructions as they are totally wrong. A very good English language manual on how to safely use a Herschel wedge or solar prism is available from the Baader Planetarium web site in Germany as a PDF file.
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