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Gazer's gazette. North American solar eclipses: the next 50 years.
ASTRONOMY Nov 1980 (v.8#11) pg. 44

Eclipse chaser's notebook: 1983-1991. When and where solar eclipses will take place are described and mapped.
ASTRONOMY Jun 1982 (v.10#6) pg. 39

Eclipse predictions on your computer. A computer program, written in BASIC, to predict both solar and lunar eclipes, calculates their circumstances, and prints the data.
ASTRONOMY Nov 1986 (v.14#11) pg. 67
Correction ASTRONOMY Apr 1987 (v.15#4) pg. 36

Confessions of a solar eclipse addict. Advice on planning, viewing, photographing, eclipse tours, etc.
ASTRONOMY Jan 1988 (v.16#1) pg. 62

An observer's guide to sunspots.
ASTRONOMY May 1991 (v.19#5) pg. 62

When worlds align. Preparing for observing a solar eclipse. Related topics include: (1) Solar filters. What is safe and what isn't. (2) Photographic exposure guide. (3) Solar projection device for safe viewing.
ASTRONOMY Jul 1991 (v.19#7) pg. 62

Solar flares. Observing explosive outbursts that change rapidly in brightness and can emit more energy in a second that some small stars.
ASTRONOMY Feb 1992 (v.20#2) pg. 74

Three handy observing aids you can make. (1) A red LED flashlight. (2) Sunfinder for centering the Sun in a filtered telescope or camera viewfinder. (3) Variable (polarized) Moon filter.
ASTRONOMY Mar 1993 (v.21#3) pg. 60
Added Info ASTRONOMY Jun 1993 (v.21#6) pg. 12 (LED flashlight)

How to view a solar eclipse safely. Four techniques described, including the construction of a simple pinhole viewer out of a cardboard box.
ASTRONOMY May 1994 (v.22#5) pg. 94

Discover the daytime star. Observing and photographing our Sun.
ASTRONOMY Feb 1995 (v.23#2) pg. 66

Kids' corner. Learn how to explain an eclipse to children.
ASTRONOMY Aug 1999 (v.27#8) pg. 80

The sunny side of stargazing. The closest star offers a multitude of features to patient observers. Using solar projections and solar filters to observe the sun and what to look for.
ASTRONOMY Jan 2000 (v.28#1) pg. 100

Home-made heliodon (a simulated sun machine) is used to give an accurate solar account for any time of the day, at any season of the year. Normally used with architectural models to determine the optimum building location and orientation, roof overhang and window placement. Part of the Owner-built Home & Homestead series.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #16 Jul 1972 pg. 83

Propagation forcasts for radio communicators. How to examine the sun and use other sources to determine sunspot activity.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Nov 1976 (v.10#5) pg. 34

Detection of m- and x-class solar X-ray flares on the surface of the earth using a Geiger counter.
SCIENCE PROBE! Apr 1991 (v.1#2) pg. 32
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jan 1992 (v.2#1) pg. 32
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Apr 1992 (v.2#2) pg. 18

How to measure the solar constant. Constructing and using a radiometer to determine the intensity of sunlight at the top of the earth's atmosphere (called the solar constant). Four simple radiometer designs shown.
SCIENCE PROBE! Apr 1991 (v.1#2) pg. 93
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jan 1992 (v.2#1) pg. 8
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jul 1992 (v.2#3) pg. 6

Observing the sun. How to measure the sun's rotation, observe sunspots, and watch a solar eclipse. Includes assembly details for a simple solar observatory made from a 10x telescope or binocular.
SCIENCE PROBE! Jul 1991 (v.1#3) pg. 83

A new kind of Spectrohelioscope for observing solar prominences that rise from the surface of the sun. The device blocks light of all colors except the one emitted with maximum brilliance by the prominences.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Mar 1974 (v.230#3) pg. 110

How to use a pair of binoculars mounted atop a tripod for viewing the sun. A cardboard shield is mounted to one lens barrel, covering the other barrel, and the image is cast on a screen set behind the binoculars.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1974 (v.231#5) pg. 130

Calculating the distance to the sun by observing the trail of a meteor. Determine the distance to the sun without optical instruments, using only paper, pen, and ruler.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Mar 1987 (v.256#3) pg. 122

A safe, easy way to watch the sun, even without an eclipse. This simple solar projector is made from a five-gallon plastic bucket and a piece of rear-projection screen material. It attaches to the eyepiece of an ordinary amateur telescope.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Aug 1999 (v.281#2) pg. 88

Shortwave detection of solar flares. Requires only a simple shortwave receiver and a chart recorder.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1984 (v.68#5) pg. 452

Backyard astronomy. Part 10. How to observe the sun and sunspots using a telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1985 (v.69#5) pg. 397

Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, finds the saros number to which any solar eclipse belongs when you enter its Julian Day number.
SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1985 (v.70#4) pg. 366

Astronomical computing. A computer program, written in BASIC, calculates the rectangular coordinates of the sun based on the 1950.0 equinox.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1985 (v.70#5) pg. 470

Astronomical computing. Computer program, written in BASIC, to calculate the obscured area of the sun during a partial eclipse.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1986 (v.72#5) pg. 515

Watching the sun. Introduction to solar observing with small telescopes with an emphasis on safe techniques.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1989 (v.77#2) pg. 220

Viewing sunspots with just a welder's filter.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1989 (v.78#3) pg. 289

The enigma of shadow bands. A look at the phenomenon of shadow bands which occur during a solar eclipse, how to view them and tips on photographing them.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1991 (v.81#5) pg. 482

Computer program to calculate three pieces of information concerning the July 11, 1991 solar eclipse for any location within North America. Can be adapted to future eclipses by using U.S. Naval Observatory circulars to change 12 lines of code in the program.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1991 (v.82#1) pg. 71

How to safely view and photograph a partial solar eclipse.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1991 (v.82#1) pg. 79

Measuring the 1994 annual solar eclipse. Tips on measuring meteorological changes which take place during a solar eclipse (atmospheric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and sunlight intensity).
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1994 (v.87#1) pg. 102

Computer program written in BASIC duplicates to the minute the sunrise and sunset times listed in the annual "Astronomical Almanac" and even handles unusual conditions in the arctic regions.
SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1994 (v.88#2) pg. 84

Solar eclipse diary 1995-2005. When and where to observe the Moon, Mercury and Venus pass in front of the Sun.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1995 (v.89#2) pg. 29

Astronomical computing. Three short programs to calculate the time of sunrise and sunset.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1995 (v.89#3) pg. 84

Our discovery of a solar mystery. How amateur astronomers can assist in solar research. Includes information on where and what to report.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1995 (v.90#5) pg. 98

Prolonging the green flash. Technique for observers of the green flash that occures at sunset over an ocean horizon which allows the event to be viewed two or more times over several seconds.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1997 (v.93#5) pg. 111

Seeing under the sun's skin. An introduction to the solar science called helioseismology. Includes a BASIC program which demonstrates a myriad of solar oscillation modes on your home computer.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1997 (v.93#6) pg. 91

Observing the sun by projection. Using your telescope to project a magnified image of the sun onto a screen for safe viewing. Includes tips on making sketches of sunspots and submitting your observations.
SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 1997 (v.94#4) pg. 98

Solar filter safety. An optometrist puts to the test various conceptions about what makes a safe solar filter. Includes tips on making your own.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1998 (v.95#2) pg. 36

An observing primer for the sun. Includes tips on making a solar projection box, plotting sunspots accurately, viewing prominences, etc.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1998 (v.95#3) pg. 105

A beginner's guide to solar observing. Advice on modest equipment and safety.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1999 (v.97#6) pg. 122

Telescopic solar filters. A user test of five filters from three manufacturers.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1999 (v.98#1) pg. 63