Current Earth based solar telescopes are very expensive in part because there needs to be a significant investment in mirrors and other hardware to obtain a reasonable image of the Sun.
The SunbYte II project aims to revolutionise solar telescope technology by creating a low cost telescope using novel manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing.
We will use the high altitude balloon to lift our solar telescope above the interference of Earth’s lower atmosphere to observe the Sun in the H alpha spectral line.
The Earth‘s atmosphere is dense and distorts much of the light which arrives at Earth. This makes solar observations very difficult. A small telescope at an altitude of 30-40km is more valuable than a large and expensive telescope on the ground.