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Useful links for new solar observers

A vast amount of useful and informative material relating to the appearance of the sun at different wavelengths, visual and instrumental observation, and analyses and records of sunspot data are available via the Internet. The list below is intended to provide the new observer with some initial points of contact with this resource. Some entries in the list present the full address required to get to a specific display or table.

Solar News

February 20, 2013

  • The NASA SDO mission released a fascinating video showing "rain" from a magnetic loop falling back onto the surface of the Sun.  It's not rain, but hot plasma magnetically levitated off the Sun!

February 15, 2013

Solar Photo Gallery

Here are a number of solar photographs obtained by AAVSO solar observers over many years.  Thanks to all of the photographers for sharing their images with us!

 

 

Atmospheric seeing conditions for solar observing

Atmospheric Seeing Conditions

Contributed by Tom Fleming (FLET)

Reports and observations submitted to the AAVSO use the following ratings for atmospheric turbulence (Seeing): Poor, Fair, Good and Excellent.

Solar Reporting Form

SOLAR REPORTING FORM


The sunspot reporting form below has been created with a variation of the SUNKEY.exe program
and embodies the information and column/character alignments required by the AAVSO Solar
Division data processing software. It can be used by any observer who has previously sent an
email report to the Division using SUNKEY.exe or the regular-mail paper report. OBSERVERS WHO
ARE REPORTING FOR THE FIRST TIME SHOULD USE EITHER THE SUNKEY.EXE PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON THIS
WEBSITE OR THE REGULAR MAIL FORM SO THAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ADDRESS AND TELESCOPE
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Sunkey Readme File

The program SUNKEY enables you to enter your sunspot data
directly into your computer.  It will run on almost any PC
operating system, including DOS, Windows 3.1, Win95, and
Win98.

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            *** INSTALLATION ***
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To install the program, first choose a folder (directory)
where you wish to keep your sunspot data.  You may wish to
create a new folder (directory) specifically for this
purpose.  Then copy the file SUNKEY.EXE into that folder
(directory).

If you operate under DOS, installation is complete.  To run

Solar Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet for Calculation of Ra and Ri Statistics

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Gerald P. Dyck Visual Solar Spectroscope

 

Plans for Visual Solar Spectroscope - by Gerald P. Dyck

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Gerald P. Dyck

Pictures of Casper Hossfield

Click any image to enlarge.

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