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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Solar observing

July 2005: With a little innovation, you can go along way with viewing the Sun.
Last month, I described two safe ways to make telescopic Sun observations — indirect viewing by solar projection and direct viewing with an aperture filter ("Good Sun behavior," page 16). This month we look at two technological innovations guaranteed to make your backyard explorations of our nearest star even more exciting and rewarding.

If the mere mention of technology puts a knot in your stomach, you're not alone. Over the years, I've developed a love-hate attitude toward technology. I love being able to word-process this column on a computer and instantly e-mail it to Astronomy. I hate that, by pressing the wrong key, I might send the article to a laundromat in Romania.

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