Down here along the Texas Gulf Coast, we often have clear skies in the morning before the ground heats up and/or clouds roll in from the Gulf. So, I've sorta fallen into a habit of taking a brief look at the sun through my HA scope in the mornings. I also recently got involved in variable star observing and was surprised to see a solar section here (although, of course, I suppose solar observing is the ultimate in variable star observing).
I downloaded the recent AAVSO solar bulletin and was puzzled by the normalized SSN graph on the front page. Apparently, different sources of sunspot numbers result in different values as not all of the sources line up perfectly. As SS counts I'm sure are subject to different precisions, how do AAVSO counts complement the professionally-sourced data, such as the daily white-light image from Big Bear Solar Observatory?
I may pick up a small white light filter for my 66 mm scope. I haven't done white light in a while and I miss its crispness. (I have solar filters for my larger scopes, but it is no fun dragging those out in the Houston summers, even for a quick look!)