This review, “Astronomy tests a
hot new spectroscope,” appeared in the January 2010 issue of Astronomy magazine
Amateur solar observing has an exciting new tool. The Lhires Lite spectroscope breaks sunlight into a rainbow of colors crossed by dark lines. For two centuries, professional astronomers have used such devices to identify what stars are made of, tell how a star is moving through space, and a lot more.
The manufacturer, Shelyak Instruments, located in Revel, France, designed this device to allow amateur astronomers to study the Sun’s spectrum. I found the Lhires Lite to be an affordable and enjoyable entry into the world of spectroscopy. The device is completely safe to use when observing the Sun.
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