Are amateurs solar observers at risk of cancer compared to stargazers?

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Are amateurs solar observers at risk of cancer compared to stargazers?

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What safety precautions do you take and do you notice any changes in your skin after spending hours under the Sun?


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Re: Are amateurs solar observers at risk of cancer compared to stargazers?

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I try to limit my time under the sun by doing my imaging indoors while the scope is outdoors. If I'm doing visual it is not for extended periods and I try to cover up. I use some type of umbrella or canopy to cover myself. I hate to use sunscreen when I'm using the scope as to not get it on it.


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I wear a wide brimmed hat to protect my face and neck plus it shades my eyes so the sun's glare does not interfere with my view. Otherwise I don't do anything special besides get a tan. By midsummer it's too hot to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants so it's usually shorts and short sleeved shirts. I have worn sunscreen a few times but rarely take the time to put it on.

I rarely burn though. But I did a little a couple of weeks ago mowing dad's grass. Just above the knees while riding on the mower. It wasn't bad and what little burn there was was gone in 48 hours.

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I sit under a blackout sheet, it is nice, dark and cool under there and I can see the laptop screen too :) that is, if the Sun would ever shine and it would stop raining.

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I cable everything into the bedroom laptop off our deck and stay out of the Sun. I also have a Lunt Solar 50+ hat with plenty of protection to neck and ears as well, whenever out there. Best $30 spent. Camping stores also sell similar cheaper Legionaiire style caps, Google them.


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I use a reflective cloth above me to protect myself.


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I am another one who images from indoors, 15m active usb3 cable and an industrial startech usb3 hub (which gives me around 135fps on my ASI174MM).

For visual it's a wide brimmed hat, long sleeved loose fitting shirt and a neck gaiter and whenever possible an adjustable free standing parasol.
I have very fair skin (classic Scottish/Irish skin) and burn with minimal exposure so I have to take a lot of care in the Sun.


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In answer to the title, it all depends upon how much time the stargazers spend in the sun unprotected.


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Solarscout wrote: Sun Jul 16, 2023 9:29 pm What safety precautions do you take and do you notice any changes in your skin after spending hours under the Sun?
Hi,

Interesting question. Have you made a comparison of your time sitting observing the Sun and the time you live under the Sun without observing the Sun ?

This made me remember how much money people spend on a car and drive it, and how much money they spent buying a mattress on which they sleep on. OFF TOPIC of course ... :mrgreen:


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Solarscout wrote: Sun Jul 16, 2023 9:29 pm What safety precautions do you take and do you notice any changes in your skin after spending hours under the Sun?

I dont notice any changes other then feeling good after spending some hours under the sun. As long as you protect yourself from sunburn its totally safe to go outside. :)


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Solarscout wrote: Sun Jul 16, 2023 9:29 pm What safety precautions do you take and do you notice any changes in your skin after spending hours under the Sun?
Hi,

Below an interesting read

https://www.skincancer.org/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC59842/

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Probably more so than stargazers if at higher risk. But relative to most other outdoor activities probably not.

From middle school post- University years I was a competitive tennis player. Injuries caught up. Commuting and fun riding morphed into a competitive cycling. +30 years cycling. The last couple decades racing road and mtn bikes. Windsurfing since '90 and now have added small boat sailing. Yesterday's sail was typical day. +6hrs of sun. Basically a lot of UV exposure over the decades. Key is proper clothing and quality, proper application of sunscreen.

Extremely few rare mild sunburn over the decades. So few and far between I don't remember the last time the sun fried me. So far, no signs of skin cancer. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself. Late 60's so anything is possible with ageing and many decades of long exposure. Did have early onset cataracts in both eyes. Never wore sunglasses on the court. Until Greg LeMond made Oakly Pilots "cool". Never wore eye protection cycling.


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