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Solar Flares

Solar Flares

Ever wonder what a solar flare looks like through the lens of a telescope? I captured this image using a solar filter and the telescope as my camera lens.

11 thoughts on “Solar Flares”

    1. Hi Andrew, we have two, one that fits over my camera lens (which was used for the non-solar flare pictures I’ve posted recently), and the other fits over my telescope. Both are Mylar and dual sided. It’s a shame that I don’t spend more time using these filters! I’m pretty sure I purchased the camera one from Orion, but it’s been awhile. 😉


  1. Lol…not trying to stump ya. Yes,it is a white light filter and not h-alpha then. I am just shocked that you were able to see any form of activity on the solar limb with a white light filter. Usually,one would need a h-alpha filter at 656.3 nm to see any detail. Pretty impressive!! 🙂


    1. Well, it would only be fair play if you were trying to stump me! (As this is my daily habit here.) My husband thinks it’s a lens flare filter. You obviously know what you’re talking about! We have three telescopes, one my husband built out of wood (it’s taller than I am). He knows more than I do, I just take the photographs. 🙂 I used my Astro 90 for these pictures, and we used a “doubler” for me to be able to zoom in so much. Believe it or not, this was one of the first pictures I took using that setup, I guess I struck a huge flare of luck! Glad you like the picture. I’ll probably post more, and I’m definitely ready to investigate that huge golden orb again.


  2. To be honest,I am leaning towards a optical artifact myself. I guess it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility even though I have never seen it with a white light filter.At any rate, I am pleased to see others with images of our star!. :D.


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