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#1 Clumpybug

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

WHILE USING A SAFE SOLAR FILTER, can you also use a H-alpha filter to get cool views and images of the swirling surface? I was looking at this H-alpha filter from Astronomik, and it says "The Astronomik 6nm H-Alpha filter may NOT be used for solar observation." Do they mean that using this filter alone without a proper solar filter will not keep you from burning a whole in your face? Or do they mean that it won't work at all for solar viewing.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:45 PM

It wont work at all - you won't get anything like you would get in much narrower solar H-alpha scope.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:03 PM

What Piotr said. You need a special filter (Etalon) to see the very narrow band of the hydrogen-alpha spectrum needed to see any details on the sun.

One from Lunt:

http://www.luntsolarsystems.com/

Or a Coronado Solarmax series telescope:

http://www.meade.com...larmaxii_60.php

Or a Daystar solar filter:

http://www.daystarfilters.com/

There are others, but these are probably the most common.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:25 PM

Oh, my. Pricey!


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