Observing the Sun is one activity that amateur astronomers can do every day. Unlike waiting for lunar cycles for the best observing conditions, the Sun is available to look at every day (unless there are clouds involved!)
This week on the Sky-Watcher USA What’s Up? Webcast, the Sky-Watcher team discusses the different opportunities for observing the Sun, including what are the equipment options to do so.
The What’s Up? is a live webcast held every Friday from 10am to 11am Pacific on the Sky-Watcher USA YouTube channel. Each week they discuss new astronomical topic including gear, visual and imaging techniques, interviews and more.
During the webcast Sky-Watcher USA team will discuss different ways of observing the Sun which can be as simple as using your smartphone with a proper solar filter covering to purpose-built telescopes provide the ultimate ability to view the Sun.
What’s Up? webcasts are free by tuning into the Sky-Watcher USA YouTube channel. Can’t watch it live? That’s OK, all webcasts can be watched whenever you like by visiting the YouTube channel.
For example, as part of the library of previous What’s Up? Webcasts you will find an episode where they sat down with master optician Michael Lockwood of Lockwood Custom Optics to talk about telescope optics and just how far they can be taken Mike started the company in 2006 to supply quality optics to amateur and professional astronomers, telescope builders, scientists, researchers, and industry. He can provide mirrors up to ~32″ in diameter from high-quality, precision annealed, monolithic borosilicate glass up to 2.1″ in thickness can produce slightly thinner borosilicate mirrors up to just over 40″ in diameter.
So if you are stuck at home looking for something to do or want to learn more about the latest in astronomy equipment, techniques and more then check the What’s Up? webcasts.
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