Saturday, January 4, 2014

Variable star observing

I got interested in variable stars almost three years ago, but have nor done much about it until recently. Right now I am working to build up my list of stars to monitor. some nights that works out well. I find my target variables easily enough. Other nights prove to be more difficult. Right now I have targeted about 50 stars I want to observe. So far I am monitoring just 13 of them.

I am a visual observer (id = smik) for the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). The AAVSO has excellent information for new observers, as well as a mentor program. I have been fortunate to have Tim Crawford, Arch Cape Observatory, as my mentor. Here are my current variable star targets: