Although the Sun is our nearest star, it is often ignored by amateur astronomers. That is a pity, because the Sun is a rewarding and endlessly fascinating subject which as a target for amateurs has many advantages. There's plenty of light so a large aperture isn't needed, nor is high magnification. It is the only star on which surface detail con be seen. Imaging is easy using the simplest of equipment. And of course, with the occasional exception of the Moon, it's the only astronomical body that is visible during the day. Although a few items of specialist equipment are essential, the expenditure is only a fraction of the cost of a modest telescope. Safety is always an issue where the Sun is concerned, but the dangers have been repeated so often that some observers may be scared away entirely. Chris Kitthin - a professional astronomer - discusses all the precautions needed to ensure complete safety whether looking at a solar eclipse or at the full solar disk. He also provides a detailed technical treatment of all aspects of solar observation, including imaging and recording your visual observations.