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AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force
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AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force

In 2014 the American Astronomical Society (AAS) created the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force to help coordinate national preparations for the “Great American Eclipse” of August 21, 2017. The task force, meant to function as a think tank, coordinating body, and communication gateway/hub, was composed of professional and amateur astronomers, […]

Solar Observer’s Handbook
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Solar Observer’s Handbook

The Solar Observer’s Handbook is for the casual backyard astronomer whose been thinking of doing solar observing but needs to know how to do so safely. This guided tour will help you to learn the basics of viewing the closest star to Earth and protect your eyesight while doing so. […]

Prepare for a Solar Eclipse
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Prepare for a Solar Eclipse

What you need to know to prepare for a solar eclipse will be the subject this week on the Sky-Watcher What’s Up? Webcast. As the Sky-Watcher team notes, “We are coming up on two back-to-back solar eclipses: October 2023 Annular Eclipse and April 2024 Total Eclipse. We take a look […]

APM TSE17 A4 Solar Filter Film
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APM TSE17 A4 Solar Filter Film

The APM TSE17 A4 Solar Filter Film is 100% certified as safe for solar viewing and complies with the DIN ISO 12312-2: 2015 standard. It is suitable for making your own solar filters for telescopes, binoculars, cameras and other solar viewing opportunities. It provides a very natural, comfortable, yellow-orangish solar […]

Solar Eclipse Planning Workshop
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Solar Eclipse Planning Workshop

A Solar Eclipse Planning Workshop is being hosted by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2022, at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607. The workshop theme is “Preparing Your Community for the Coming Solar Eclipses.” The Solar Eclipse Planning Workshop will be […]

Baader Solar Continuum Filter
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Baader Solar Continuum Filter

The Baader Solar Continuum Filter is a narrowband photosphere filter for solar observation in white light providing the highest contrast in the photosphere of the sun. The filter is a perfect fit for owners of achromatic refractors. This narrowband filter cuts the spectral range where lens optics draw sharpest and […]

Kendrick Solar Filters
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Kendrick Solar Filters

Kendrick Solar Filters are available in a design that offers a built-in sunfinder making centering the sun in your eyepiece a snap. The finder target is visible from both the front and back sides of the filter making centering the sun easy from either end of the telescope. Filters attach […]

Altair Solar Wedge
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Altair Solar Wedge

The Altair Solar Wedge Version 2 offers improved cooling for longer use with larger refractors. The Altair Solar Wedge (Herschel Wedge) replaces the normal 2″ mirror or prism diagonal at the rear of a refractor telescope. The Solar Wedge transmits a greatly reduced, safe amount of light to the eyepiece or […]

Stellarium 1.0
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Stellarium 1.0

The team behind the Stellarium planetarium software has announced that Stellarium 1.0 is now available. As the Stellarium planetarium team notes, “What makes this 1.0? After more than 20 years of development the program is finally accurate enough for historical application. This is the first release based on the Qt6 […]

Astrospheric
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Astrospheric

The publishers Astrospheric have announce a new model in Astrospheric’s cloud ensemble: The National Blend of Models (NBM). The NBM is a state-of-the-art blend of over 40 models from around the world, including the European model (ECMWF) and NOAAs High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR). The NBM updates every hour and […]