Variable Stars South is an association of astronomers, mainly amateur, interested in researching the rich and under-explored myriad of southern variable stars.
Renamed from the Variable Star Section of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, it was founded in 1927 by the late Dr Frank Bateson, OBE, and became the recognised centre for Southern Hemisphere variable star research. See Who's Who in the VSS.
VSS covers many areas and techniques of variable star research, organised into "Projects" such as Beginners' Visual Observations and Dual-Maxima Miras. The goal of each project is to obtain scientifically useful data and results. These may be published in recognised journals, or supplied to international specialist data collection organisations.
VSS is entirely an Internet based organisation, working through its website www.VariableStarsSouth.org and its Google Group VariableStarsSouth. It also encourages members to work in with major international organisations such as the Center for Backyard Astrophysics and the American Association for Variable Star Observers.
Whether you are a member or not, you are invited to make use of our facilities:
As a member of VSS, your subscription contributes to the overheads of the organization and supports the VSS Research Grants Scheme. Aside from helping to keep VSS afloat, what is special about being a member?
The joining fee is NZ$30.00 and annual membership, due on 30th April, is NZ$20.00. To join, go to About VSS > Join/Renew.