Solar activity has increased over the last few days, as one of the largest Sunspots AR2396 in the recent months is visible on the Solar limb that is facing towards the Earth. In just one day its surface increased by 50%. The growing sunspot group stretches more than 150,000 km from end to end. All by itself, the primary dark core is more than three times the size of Earth and can be observed even by naked eye using the adequate protection. View of the Sunspot and its surrounding in H-alpha light:
In the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, public observation of the Solar eclipse was held on one of the town squares. Astronomical societies and individual brought more than 15 telescopes (regular protected with mylar foil or special h-alpha telescopes), some binoculars and countless of cameras and eclipse glasses.
During the eclipse more than 10.000 people joined the event and looked through a variety of optical systems.
Weather here was very unfavorable for any telescopic high resolution imaging of this enormous sunspot. Here is a quick image I took with telephoto lens during my job time.