Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island is about to be changed forever with the development of the world’s largest solar telescope atop it, which will be operational by 2019. The locals have been protesting because the development is causing social unrest in the area. This is quite an important landmark for science, and as of today the telescope’s mirror has been delivered and is ready for installation.
But if you need to view the advantages of a solar telescope, you do not really have to think of things in such a long or macro term. A solar telescope allows you to stare directly at the sun without damaging your eyes, yet not every affordable solar telescope is exactly what meets your needs. That is because the more economical it gets, the more the chances of it being more prone to the sun’s rays.
Solar telescopes bring a lot of advantages, which include but are not limited to:
The purpose of a telescope is not to allow you to stare into a yellow blob because that is of no scientific importance; it is to offer you details about those objects, With a solar telescope, you can look at the surface of the sun and verify the conclusions that have been made about the sun, or can find arguments for objections to existing conclusions. It is a mind-blowing view to see just how fine an object so far away from us is so helpful (and magnificent) to us.
Protection from Harmful Rays
Solar technology works by focusing the rays of the sun at one point and converting it into usable energy, and the same phenomenon is what operates telescopes as well. That can be used to identify how it is harmful to use an ordinary telescope to stare directly into the sun; it has no mechanism that can cool off the extremely hot internal structure that comes about as a result of the bright rays focusing on the aperture, and the results can be devastating to the eyes.
A solar telescope has the required technology and components to cool off this focused heat and allow you to view the sun with no concern about eye damage. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) realized the threat posed to the eyes when people stare at solar eclipses without the kind of protection their eyes needed. The organization imposed strict checks of important filters in the equipment and strongly recommends that people do not look at the sun without standardized devices like a solar telescope.
You might be wondering whether you will be able to look at the entire picture in its true colors or colors made possible by the use of filters in the telescope. You can look at them all because the filter design keeps in mind the need to absorb light of all wavelengths emitted by the sun. This means that not only will you get a realistic picture, you will also be able to control the brightness and focus at will.