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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387094970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387094977
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Cook on 25 Jun 2010
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I thought this was a good book. It covers the sun in reasonable detail and runs through the various options and ways to observe it from an amateur astronomers point of view. It had about the right balance of technical descriptions, the problems facing the observer and introduces a range of practical solutions existing. For instance, how to locate/describe the position of a sunspot, or a filament perhaps, on the surface of the sun as it nods and leans and rotates (as seen from earth) as we travel through space. Methods of photographing the sun and processing the images are also included, as the book says, a hobby within a hobby.
I own a PST (Personal Solar Telescope) and this book has enhanced my knowledge and pleasure of observing the sun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Kilburn on 14 May 2011
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As a relative newcomer to the art of solar white light photography and what it can show on the surface of our nearest star, this is exactly the sort of book I was looking for to extend my knowledge of how to go about systematic observing to a higher standard with modern equipment.

The text is well written and a very good introduction to what the sun is and what can be seen on its surface. For the practical observer, the discussion of surface detail, classification of sunspots, faculae, the solar granulation and flares is particularly well researched and very informative.

The book is amply furnished with high quality photographs showing what I might expect from the instruments and cameras I already own and the recommendations on filtering and the use of monochromatic telescopes are very informative.

Jamey Jenkins' 'The Sun: and How to Observe it.' is written by someone who clearly has experience and technical knowledge based on years of practical solar observing. It fits extremely well with other books in my solar library and I wholly recommend it.

Kevin Kilburn
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Excellent info apart from old data in back of book owing to publication date. All data now available on internet anyway.
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I used this as a guide for my first steps in solar observation. It is well written and explains the science of the sun and how this links to observations. A good buy.
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Solar viewing info for the neophyte 19 Jun 2012
By doctom.ws - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book 6 months ago and it sat on my bookshelf for while until I started using my Lunt 152 solar telescope again this past spring. This book is nicely organized by providing some introductory material about the sun in general and then moving on to the various means of observation both visually and photographically. There seems to be a good balance between depth of explanation of topics and clarity. The illustrations and pictures included really complement the books focus of how to make the most of solar viewing. His ability to explain technically complex concepts is superb. There is certainly a lot of new found interest in this aspect of astronomy and there have been interesting developments even since the time this book was published. Of note Lunt Telescopes has perfected the pressure tuning etalon for the masses. I hope that the author's effort is rewarded by getting an opportunity to write a second edition. I highly recommend this book without reservations
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Great book for observing the sun 28 Jun 2012
By James W. Elkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Great guide for observations of the Sun. I was hoping for more information on the new low cost hydrogen alpha telescopes. Otherwise, there is a great deal of new information in this book. I recommend it.
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Good, but missing photos 1 Jun 2013
By Rogerio Leite - Published on Amazon.com
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Good, but missing photos. The content is also a bit outdated. The text is written in very small font and hard to read. Even so, I recommend!
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