From the reviews: "Jenkins is an American amateur observer and he has written a very interesting book full of information for the solar enthusiast. … The author describes how a solar hydrogen-alpha filter works – very interesting to the beginner, and the old-time observer … . it is very well illustrated, with many of the images supplied by the author himself. … I recommend this book. … will be a good guide to observing our nearest star." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, August, 2009) "The author is quite obviously an experienced solar observer and imager, contributing to the AAVSO Sunspot Programme since I990. … This book is primarily a practical guide to observing and imaging solar features in white light … and the K-line. There is a detailed discussion of the types of telescope suitable for solar observing as well as lenses and filters. … I found this book enjoyable and easy to read, providing a comprehensive practical guide to solar observing in one volume." (Lyn Smith, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1212), October, 2009)
From the Back Cover
Without the Sun, all life on Earth would perish. But what exactly do we know about this star that lights, heats, and powers Earth? Actually, we know quite a lot, thanks mainly to a host of eager solar observers. Looking directly at the Sun is EXTREMELY hazardous. But many astronomers, both professional and amateur, have found ways to view the Sun safely to learn about it. You, too, can view the Sun in all of its glorious detail. Some of the newest, most exciting telescopes on the market are affordable to amateur astronomers or even just curious sky watchers, and with this guide to what the Sun has to offer, including sunspots, prominences, and flares, plus reviews of the latest instruments for seeing and capturing images of the Sun, you can contribute to humankind’s knowledge of this immense ball of glowing gases that gives us all life. For a complete guide to Sun viewing, see also Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them (2007) by Martin Mobberley in this same series.