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SID Software

Two software packages are typically used by SID observers. One is the data taking or logging software, and the other is the data reduction software. The AAVSO provides some options but you may wish to create your own custom software. If you submit your data to the AAVSO SID program the report format must match a pre-defined format, therefore any custom software must generate an appropriate data file.

The section below lists the software made available by the AAVSO SID program. These are available by writing the SID Analyst, and will include instructions for use.

SID Equipment

Note: Some of the following articles written by Cap Hossfield include references to Radio Shack part numbers. These were commonly available at the time of his writing but may no longer be so today. Cap also includes offers to sell some of the circuits he describes to interested parties and to supply tuning services to those that do not have the proper equipment to do so. Sadly Cap is no longer with us and therefore these offers are no longer valid.

Sunspot Report 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

Solar Software Downloads

The software listed here may be downloaded for free. These programs will help you to prepare and analyze solar observations. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: solar@aavso.org.

Guidelines for Solar Observers

Solar observing is unique among the objects that AAVSO observers pursue because it is so bright. The most important guideline for solar observing is observe safely. This cannot be stressed enough, and if you are uncertain about any of the following equipment and safety recommendations, please request assistance before making any observations of the Sun with your equipment.

Solar Section

 

Welcome to the web pages of the AAVSO Solar Section, a world-wide group of observers dedicated to observing the closest variable star in the sky -- our own Sun! On these web pages, you'll find information on who we are, what we do, and how we contribute to the scientific study of the closest star in our sky.

 

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