Mar 20

Spot the Sun…


Last Sunday we had a warm sunny day, Mr HC and Son made the most of the largely cloudless sky and went out into the garden with their solar telescope. While they were out sungazing they captured the following image…Sun through a solar telescopeThe dark circle is a sun spot, and next to it a filament. The speckled surface is due to thermal convection cells, called ‘granules’.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This image was taken with a special Solar Telescope. Never look at the Sun with a telescope, unless it has a special solar filter fitted!



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  1. Charly Dove

    Wow that’s incredible! Must be amazing to have a telescope and see the wonders in the sky. Fabulous :)

  2. agatapokutycka

    Wow, what an amazing picture.
    I never had or ever used a telescope.
    Can I be noisy and ask how expensive they are, please?

    1. Hellies Corner

      I’ve asked Mr HC to reply to your comment… :-)

      Hi. Well, with telescopes, you certainly ‘get what you pay for’ and the cheap telescopes from chainstores are always a severe disappointment. A good-quality astronomical telescope, that you can fit a solar filter to (never look at the Sun with a normal telescope without a solar filter), start at around £350 (e.g. Skywatcher Skymax 127). However, telescopes made specifically to look at the Sun, such as the one that took this photo, are more expensive and start at around £650 (Coronado PST). Hope this wasn’t too much information! Mr HC :-)

  3. Michelle Twin Mum

    Wow, very clever stuff. Mich x

  4. Kriss MacDonald

    Had no idea a solar telescope could get views like that – what an amazing shot.

  5. Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins

    Wow thats a great picture and one that not many will get! #betterphotosproject x

  6. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    That really is amazing, and so incredibly clear. I really haven’t ever seen photo’s of the sun like that before :)

  7. Actually Mummy...

    Wow, that is impressive! What is a sun spot?

    1. Hellies Corner

      Thanks. It is a cooler area of the sun’s surface caused by a high magnetic field.

  8. Abzi

    What a fantastic shot! So incredible!

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