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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.

References

Prominences:
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:
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.

Spicules
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 :)

August 9th, 2013

Double stacking provides a truly enhanced, high definition view of the Sun’s surface details.  It lowers the bandpass of the system from <0.7 Angstroms to <0.5 Angstroms, which really makes the surface “pop”!

The Lunt LS80THa/PT can be internally double-stacked at the time of purchase or anytime thereafter.  The LS80THa does not need to be returned to the factory for double-stacking.

LS80Ha/PT/DSII
Retail: US$1,495.00

The image above shows an LS80THa/PT with the DSII module installed.

contact us directly or buy from dealer )  Prices are subject to change without notice.

Posted in..... DSII, LS80THa
June 5th, 2013

We are proud to announce Lunt Eyepieces!  Each 1.25″ eyepiece is coated with the same 0.1% Anti-Reflective Coatings as our etalons!  The anti-reflective coatings reduce ghosting and glow, and aid in providing a darker background.  These eyepieces can be used for nighttime astronomy as well as solar observing.

Lunt Eyepieces Pricing:

Product Number:  LS8E
Focal Length:  8mm
Field of View:  53 degrees
Eye Relief:  10mm
Number of Elements:  4
Barrel Size:  1.25″
Weight:  4 ounces
Price:   $119.00

Product Number:  LS12E
Focal Length:  12mm
Field of View:  60 degrees
Eye Relief:  11mm
Number of Elements:  5
Barrel Size:  1.25″
Weight:  4 ounces
Price:   $119.00

Product Number:  LS16E
Focal Length:  16mm
Field of View:  60 degrees
Eye Relief:  15mm
Number of Elements:  5
Barrel Size:  1.25″
Weight:  4 ounces
Price:   $119.00

Product Number:  LS19E
Focal Length:  19mm
Field of View:  65 degrees
Eye Relief:  12mm
Number of Elements:  5
Barrel Size:  1.25″
Weight:  4 ounces
Price:   $119.00

Product Number:  LS27E
Focal Length:  27mm
Field of View:  53 degrees
Eye Relief:  18mm
Number of Elements:  5
Barrel Size:  1.25″
Weight:   6.4 ounces
Price:   $119.00

Product Number:  LSEPSET
One each of 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 19mm & 27mm eyepieces
Price:   $499.00

To make a purchase, contact us directly or buy from a dealer. Prices are shown in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Posted in..... lunt solar
June 2nd, 2013

This black-anodized heavy-duty clamshell mounting ring will fit the LS60THa or the LS80THa solar telescope.  There is a slot at the top that will accept the Tele Vue Sol-Searcher Sun Finder.  The clamshell also has a 1/4-20 tapped base.

Please Note:  Most LS60THa and LS80THa solar telescope packages come standard with this clamshell.

 

Clamshell Mounting Ring Pricing:

Product Number:  CLAM
Price:  $69.00

To make a purchase, contact us directly or buy from a dealer. Prices are shown in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Posted in..... lunt solar
June 2nd, 2013

The ADPSOL from Lunt Solar Systems allows you to attach a Tele Vue Sol-Searcher (sold separately) to the mounting rings of an LS152THa solar telescope.

Please Note: You do not need this adapter for all Lunt mounting rings…just for the LS152THa. In all other instances the Sol-Searcher Sun Finder can be used on Lunt H-alpha telescopes without the need for an adapter.

Sol Adapter Pricing:

Product Number:  ADPSOL
Price:   $29.99

To make a purchase, contact us directly or buy from a dealer. Prices are shown in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Posted in..... lunt solar
May 18th, 2013

LE70 OTA with Case – Some Accessories Shown are Sold Separately

Lunt ED Doublet optical tube assemblies come in three apertures: 70mm, 80mm, and 102mm. These OTA’s can be used for White Light, CaK or nighttime use with the addition of the proper filters or accessories. The Lunt Engineering logo was used on these scopes to differentiate them from dedicated H-alpha solar telescopes with the Lunt Solar Systems logo. Lunt Engineering is a division of Lunt Solar Systems, and these product can be used with Lunt Solar Systems solar products or for standard nighttime use.

Included Accessories:

10:1 Crayford Style Focuser
2″ – 1.25″ Reducer
Carry Case with Fitted Foam
Diagonal and Eyepiece Not Included

Lunt ED Doublet Pricing:

 

LE70 OTA – Lunt Engineering 70mm ED Doublet
F/6
Focal Length: 420mm
Fully multi-coated lenses
10:1 Crayford Style Focuser
2” to 1.25” reducer
Soft side carrying case with fitted foam
Retail Price: $399.00

LE80 OTA – Lunt Engineering 80mm ED Doublet
F/7
Fully multi-coated lenses
10:1 Crayford Style Focuser
2” to 1.25” reducer
Hard side carrying case with fitted foam
Retail Price: $449.00

LE102 OTA – Lunt Engineering 102mm ED Doublet
F/7
Focal Length: 714mm
Fully multi-coated lenses
10:1 Crayford Style Focuser
2” to 1.25” reducer
Hard side carrying case with fitted foam
Retail Price: $729.00

To make a purchase, contact us directly or buy from a dealer. Prices are shown in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

No one brings you closer to our nearest Star than Lunt Solar Systems… the next generation of Solar Instrumentation.

About Lunt Solar Systems LLC…

Lunt Solar Systems is a manufacturing and sales facility located in Tucson, Arizona. Lunt Solar designs, fabricates, assembles, and tests solar telescopes and solar filters. Whether you are looking for a dedicated solar telescope or a solar filter for attachment to your own astronomy telescope, we can help. Solar telescope models start at $598 for an LS35THa (telescope) or the only slightly more expensive LS50FHa (filter), all the way thru the 152THa Solar Telescope. Solar observing is both fun and educational. Don’t miss out on Solar Maximum.

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