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Picture of the Day on Astrosurf
Sun in Halpha by jp-brahic

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Our once per year annual fundraiser/raffle has begun!
This years grand prize is a Skywatcher USA 14 inch Dobsonian mounted telescope with accessories so you can start your own outreach program!
Please consider supporting our nonprofit so we can recover from the devastating affect of the Amazon eclipse glasses scare. We lost over 60,000 pair of eclipse glasses (thrown away by panicked school boards) during this disaster which was 1/3 of our yearly budget.
If you donate to our nonprofit it is tax deductible according to applicable law but more importantly, you will be donating to the largest non-government, non-university, grassroots concerned citizens effort to turn the tide of anti-science in our world and inspire young people to get us into interplanetary space travel. We cannot survive without science.
We pay no salaries, charge no fees for anything, have a 4% admin cost and deliver hands on real, high tech science opportunities in solar spectroscopy and astronomy to over 250,000 people per year in 27 countries.
Your money will go to insurance, transportation costs and obtaining and shipping astronomy equipment to be distributed freely through our charity.
We gave away almost $150,000 worth of telescopes, mounts, computers, imagers, diffraction gratings, solar eclipse glasses and accompanying supplies in 2017 all completely free to people dedicated to sharing science freely around the world.
Please help us to be even bigger in 2018.
Each $100 gets you one entry into our raffle for the big prize which will be rewarded to one lucky donor if we reach our goal of $30,000 this year.
Send directly to info@charliebates.org on PayPal or use the handy links on www.solarastronomy.org to make your donation. Monthly donors will get full credit for the entire year in the raffle drawing. i.e. $50/month = $600 yearly and gets you 6 entries.

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I have a question i kept these glasses for 1 year in good condition and are they safe for this solar eclipse
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Chromosphere on The Limb In Calcium Light 4th February
Not really a lot going on on in this image taken in Calcium light of the north eastern limb of our star taken with the 80mm scope at 2000mm focal length with the PGR CH3 and 2x2 binning.  What is does show is the 'hairy' limb of the sun, or the chromosphere...

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AR12632 in Ha 4th February
This little decaying active region had very little other than a few plasma rifts going on, and, with a sun heading towards solar minimum is why a scope like the 0.2m Airylab HaT is the way forward.  This 'wide field' shot was taken with a skywatcher ED80 an...

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