Why conditions suck
Took this photo from my backyard yesterday of the Sun and Sunspot group AR1944. This group has sent a number of flares and CMEs that has affected HF performance. The main blotch is about three times the size of Earth.
This photo was taken using special equipment (Baader Solar Film) designed to make it safe to view the sun. Don’t go pointing the camera at the sun without it. If I get around to it, I might try take some photos using my telescope, although that’s a tougher proposition as I need to sort out its secondary mirror