At around the turn of the millennium, the introduction of the Coronado range of solar telescopes and filters heralded the 'coming of age' of amateur solar astronomy. Before then, solar astronomy was mostly white-light only. Hydrogen-alpha systems were expensive and difficult to use, but today even the budget-priced Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope) provides a band pass of one Angstrom and is thermally stable. That means that today's amateur solar observers can see - and image - sunspots, flares, prominences, plage, filaments, and active regions of the Sun, all in amazing detail.
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