A Practical Guide to Solar Observing and Imaging By: Brian Ventrudo (Contributing Editor, AstronomyConnect.com) and Manish Panjwani (Agena AstroProducts) Astronomy in the daytime? Of course! Solar observing is a fascinating and rewarding branch of amateur astronomy, and with the right equipment and a little know-how, you can examine-- up close-- the dynamic and fascinating face of the Sun. With only a safe solar filter and no other optical aid, you can enjoy rare events like total and partial solar eclipses. And with a solar filter and a small telescope or binoculars, you can see many fascinating and beautiful features on the visible face of the Sun nearly every clear day. This series of articles at AstronomyConnect surveys currently available equipment and accessories for safe solar observing, and gives you practical tips and advice to help you get started as a solar observer. As you read through these articles, you will understand how to make sound decisions when choosing and using equipment for observing the Sun. And you will learn: Basic considerations and tips to get started with solar observing How to safely observe the Sun without a telescope The difference between broadband (white light) solar filters and narrowband solar filters such as H-alpha and Ca-K The pros and cons of the types of white-light solar filters on the market today How to match a narrowband solar filter with the right blocking filter for visual use or for imaging What to see on the visible surface of the Sun with white-light solar filters, including sunspots, limb darkening, and faculae Which solar features are visible with narrowband solar filters, including prominences and filaments, spicules, granulation, solar flares, and the chromospheric network Key accessories that make solar observing easier and more rewarding Useful tips on how to image the Sun And a great deal more… Click on the links below to open each article on solar observing. New articles will be added each week until the series is complete. 1 - How the Sun Works: An Observer’s Guide 2 - Three Ways to Safely Observe the Sun 3 - A Guide to White Light Solar Filters 4 - What to See with White-Light Solar Filters 5 - A Guide to Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Filters and Telescopes 6 - What to See with H-Alpha Solar Filters 7 - Observing the Sun in Ca-K and Other Narrow Bandwidths 8 - Accessories for Solar Observing 9 - The Basics of Solar Imaging 10 - How to View a Solar Eclipse We welcome input and feedback from all our readers to make these articles a great resource as we draw closer to the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.