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The Sun is our Star!

.......and as you would expect, our Star is hot, bright, dynamic, and sometimes quite violent.

At 93 million miles away, we are ideally placed at a point where the Sun provides just enough warmth and energy essential to our living planet, Earth.

At only 93 million miles, the Sun is close enough for us to view its surface through a fairly inexpensive specialized scope from the comfort and relative safety (sunscreen, please) of our backyards on a clear and sunny day.

What! Astronomy during the day? Lunt Solar wants to show you how.


These look like eruptions from the edge of the Solar disk. Prominences can appear as small spiky-looking details, or large cloud-like detail with fine feather-like features. They are, in fact, ionized Hydrogen-alpha emissions being projected from the limb.

Prominences are anchored to the Sun's surface in the Mesosphere, and extend outward into the Sun's Troposphere. They typically measure many earth diameters.

Filaments are string-like features on the surface of the Sun. At high resolution they take on a 3D effect due to the cooler aspect of the suspended filament contrasted against the bright, hotter Sun.

Filaments are actually prominences being viewed against the surface.

A Spicule is a dynamic jet of gas about 500km long. They move outward at about 20km/second through the Chromosphere.

Father Angelo Secchi of the Vatican Observatory discovered them in 1877.

The Chromosphere is entirely composed of Spicules. These features can be seen as "fur" around the edge of the disk.

There's definitely stuff to look at :)

November 16th, 2011

The Imaging contest is closed…..

In the spirit of the holiday season Lunt is having an imaging contest… Break out your Lunt Scopes and cameras….

Congratulations to Brian Colville. You are the winner of the Lunt Winter Raffle and will receive a US$500 gift certificate good toward the purchase of any Lunt product/s.

NOTE: We are aware that some of the links to the contest images are currently broken due to a server crash with our hosting ISP. However, all entries were added to the raffle.
Lunt will open voting for the best image submitted as soon as all the images are re-uploaded to the new server and can be viewed.

We would like to thank everyone who entered. The contest was a success and we were very pleased with the quality of the entries. Check back soon for information on how to vote for your favotite image, and for our upcoming Spring competition..

Enter the Lunt imaging contest for a chance to win a $500.00 Lunt Gift Certificate good toward the purchase of any Lunt product.

For every image taken thru a Lunt product that is submitted you will receive a raffle ticket for entry into the $500 drawing. Submit 1 image and receive 1 raffle ticket. Submit 5 different images and receive 5 chances.  Maximum of 5 submissions per person per month.

In addition to the raffle, the top 10 images selected by Lunt will be placed on our blog for a vote. The top 3 images picked by you will each receive a $100 Lunt Gift Certificate.

  • Images must be taken after November 1st 2011 (no images taken prior to this date will be accepted)
  • Maximum of 5 images per person per month
  • Images must be taken thru a Lunt product (if you don’t have one, you should get one, or borrow one)
  • Image file must state your name, date taken, and Lunt equipment used
  • Each submission must be distinctly different from other submissions by the same person
  • While we will not insist on high imaging quality, we do expect images of reasonable detail and clarity
  • Submission of your image provides expressed permission for Lunt to utilize them in it’s ads and marketing materials
  • Submit your images in .jpg format to Jen c/o luntsolarimages@hotmail.com (links to images will not be accepted)
  • The drawing will be done after receipt of the 200th image…

The virtual raffle tickets will be posted in this area with your name as the images are received.. Please allow a day or 2 for the images to be processed and entries to be updated.

Check back often to see the entries and BEST of LUCK!!!

Images Entered so far are below!!  Check them out!




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