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Solar Observing Area

In the paddock area on the right hand side of the exhibition centre we are setting up a viewing area which will feature a number and different types of specialist telescope for solar observing.

We will have on hand a number of experts to advise you on equipment you will need and you can view the sun safely through a number of different types of solar telescopes.


Mark Townley is a solar astronomer based in the West Midlands who has been observing the sun for over 20 years.
A teacher by occupation, teaching among other things GCSE Astronomy, Mark regularly shares views of the sun with students from local schools at outreach events. Viewing and imaging at a range of wavelengths including Hydrogen Alpha, Calcium K and white light views. Mark is the UK representative of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, the worlds largest solar astronomy outreach organisation, sharing the sun globally with over 85,000 people. Marks images can be seen at his website.

Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer has been interested in astronomy since he was a child and imaging for about 4 or 5 years. after a bit of time he got interested in Solar imaging and now spend more time imaging the Sun than anything else. Gary says "I try to get as high resolution images as possible on standard equipment and creating large Solar mosaics. I also enjoy Solar outreach events and displaying the Sun to the public". Gary started the Solar Syetem Imaging group for images of the solar system taken by good amateur astronomers. This is where some of the best images of planets and the sun are from around the world.

Gary will be based with Telescope House and helping Mark with the solar outreach if possible. Gary says "If I can I would like to put a live display of the Sun on our stand 9."

In addition to Coronado we will have representatives from Solarscope and Lunt demonstrating their latest kit.

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