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See the Sun as you’ve never seen it before… in a safe and creative observing environment.

The Sun in H-Alpha

We can never look directly at the Sun without eye protection or specialist equipment. The Observing the Sun workshop gives people the opportunity to look at the Sun safely using a range of equipment including a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope, adapted astronomical telescopes, a solar projector, filtered binoculars and eclipse glasses, along with anything else we can create to safely look at the Sun!

Solar viewingWe’ll start by giving a short talk about our nearest star… how it was formed, what it’s made of and how it will end its days! This part can take place in a classroom or hall before moving outside to safely look at the Sun. If no indoor space is available, we can improvise!

The main activity will take place outside, ideally in a big open space, away from buildings and trees. We’ll be looking at the Sun using projection and different filters. A variety of solar features will be visible… sunspots, prominences, and the granular surface of the Sun.

IMPORTANT: This workshop is weather dependant, so if it’s cloudy outside, we can substitute the solar viewing with a one-hour lecture-style talk – The Sun: Exploring the hot stuff – with spectacular images and video of our nearest star.


The costs for our Observing the Sun workshop are:
Half day: £200 (max. 3 workshops)
Full day: £300 (max. 5 workshops)

ADD-ON: reduced costs available if booked with other activities… ask for details
Price includes all specialist equipment.

Travel is charged at 45p per mile from our base in Hastings to your venue and back again. If the journey will take us over 2 hours we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £45. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

This workshop needs an open outside space like a carpark, playground or field.

Once you’ve read our Workshop Booking Guidelines, please complete the Workshop Booking Form to make your booking. If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.

• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• All our presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID