The sun, our star, is a fascinating and dynamic structure which affords exciting opportunities for digital imaging. A number of specialized telescopes are available which, with appropriate digital imaging devices and software, can produce striking images. Telescopes types include: Hydrogen 1 alpha scopes; Refractor/Reflector scopes with either solar film filters or Herschel wedges for white light; Calcium-K scopes and, custom Solar Newtonian designs for high resolution in white light. At the UCCI Observatory, we use Hydrogen 1 alpha (Lunt 60 PTDS*), white light (TS115mm APO triplet refractor with a Baader wedge) and, high resolution white light (8” Solar Newton designed and constructed by Bill Hrudey). Further details can be found under the “Equipment section” of this site.
Prior to upgrading our equipment, the quality of images were not as good as the ones you see in this section.
White Light ( TS 115mm APO triplet refractor)