Compiled by Tom Richards.
The VSS-EB Database is a running compilation of times of minima, light elements and spectral classifications derived from observational research in the SEB Programme. These data are combined into a downloadable data table, which is updated approximately monthly. Updates are notified on the Variable Stars South Google Group (join at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/variablestarssouth).
Further information on the programme is at www.variablestarssouth.org > Research > Eclipsing Binaries.
The database comprises a ZIP file containing:
Click to download: VSS Eclipsing Binary Database
In Australia, the most comprehensive and reliable weather service is the Bureau of Meteorology, from which most other Australian weather sites derive their information.
Have you tried SkippySky? http://www.skippysky.com.au/ is an outstanding site for cloud forecasts, aimed at astronomers. Areas covered are Australia (as a whole and several regions), New Zealand, central Chile, Europe and North America.
AAVSO International Variable Star Database: http://www.aavso.org/data/overview.shtml comprises mainly amateur data collected for over a century, includes RASNZ-VSS archive data, plus data viewers. Always send your results here.
General Catalogue of Variable Stars: http://www.sai.msu.su/groups/cluster/gcvs/gcvs/ The only comprehensive catalogue of variables, often wrong, incomplete or out of date; but always a first port of call and standard reference. GCVS4 is the current catalogue, NSV for unconfirmed VS data, Name Lists for newly entered stars since publication of GCVS IV. Download or use query form, and note the important List of Variability Types.
ASAS (All-Sky Automated Survey): http://www.astrouw.edu.pl/asas/ is a vital ongoing survey of southern variables brighter than about V=12.5. Go here to find out what just about any southern variable has been doing for the last five years. Sky coverage is about once every 3 days. A convenient way to find ASAS data on a star is to look it up first in VSX (see above) and select Exterhal Links > ASAS Light Curve in the Detail Sheet. There is an important tutorial on using ASAS data at https://sites.google.com/site/aavsosequenceteam/asas-tutorial.
Exoplanet Transit Database (ETD): http://var2.astro.cz/ETD/ This site will give predictions of transits visible in your skies at any time and has excellent software tools to help analyse your data. It has become the major clearing house for amateur transit detections, so if you observe a transit post it here.
Following are a serie sof catalogies produced by VSS members ( largely Mati Morel) that may be of use to you.
|Identifying NSV Objects|
by Mati Morel
Innes (1914) published a list of 111 variables in UOC20. The majority (77%) have now received GCVS names, while the remainder have NSV designations. The identities of many of these NSV entries are still uncertain, and the work done here provides clarification, using the material (finder charts and descriptive notes) published by Innes, together with modern sources.
|Mati Morel Last changed 2012-11-11 16.38 MB|
|VSS Eclipsing Binary Database Version:7|
Compiled by Tom Richards
Three VSS projects are collecting data on southern eclipsing binaries. Whilst the goals and methods of these projects differ, they have in common the production of measurements of minima, calculations of linear light elements, and classification of spectra – all derived from VSS project observations.
These results are combined into a downloadable CSV text data table, which is updated frequently. Updates are notified on the Variable Stars South Google Group (join at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/variablestarssouth).
The Projects are as follows. Please visit their pages for project information and more detailed project data and results.
The ZIP file contains:
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|Deep Sky Objects in the Magellanic Clouds|
Edited by Mati Morel.
As a follow-up to my reworking of the Shapley-Lindsay (SL) catalogue of LMC star clusters, a similar plan of attack has been used for the star clusters of the SMC. The number of catalogued objects here is only a fraction of that in the LMC, so it was fairly straightforward to work through all 220 clusters identified by Hodge & Wright (1977) in their atlas of the SMC.
Lindsay Catalogue of SMC clusters
Four catalogues of SMC clusters were used by Hodge and Wright in compiling their SMC atlas, with Eric Lindsay's 1958 catalogue being the longest, with 116 entries. I have given Lindsay's compilation priority status, and kept his clusters in correct numerical order, even though the precise J2000 positions are not always strictly in order of increasing RA. Entries from other catalogues (K, WG and HW) are inserted in the most appropriate positions, according to RA.
Compared to the LMC, identification problems were rare, and the Hodge-Wright atlas was found to be very reliable, displaying the positions of clusters with commendable accuracy. Nevertheless, Lindsay's published catalogue was consulted to be sure no vital information was missed.
Curiously, while the Lindsay catalogue gives diameters in arcmin for each cluster, the values given are generally far too large, up to 79 arcmin. It is clear that some other scale is meant, perhaps an absolute diameter in parsecs? The BSDL diameter data has been inserted instead.
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|Barnards and Schoenbergs Merged Catalogues of Dark Nebulae|
Merged Lists Of Dark Nebulae - Barnard(1927) & Schoenberg(1964)
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 2008. Last Revision: 2012
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|Updated Sanduleak Catalogue of Supergiants in the LMC|
Database for N.Sanduleak's LMC Supergiants. Zones -65° TO -72°
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 1999. Latest Revision: 2008
|Last changed 2012-07-30 109.4 KB|
|Catalogue of Stars in the Reed low-absorption areas of Puppis|
Database for Stars in MW 245 (Reed). Positions added by M. Morel
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 1990. Last Revision: 2012
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|Directory of Comparison Stars from IBVS 1-5000|
Edited by Mati Morel
In 1994 the first tentative attempt was made to compile a list of comparison stars for variable stars, as reported in certain issues of the IBVS (Morel 1994). In many reports on variable stars where UBV photometry been performed the authors have specified which comparison and check stars were used, and their adopted magnitudes, usually tied to the standard Johnson-Morgan UBV system. To facilitate access to this useful data I compiled a Directory of Comparison Stars Cited in IBVS, commencing with IBVS No. 2081, the earliest one in my set at that time.
The first version tended to concentrate on fainter stars, below 6.00V, for which the IBVS data was likely to be new. Data was compiled by examining each issue of IBVS , initially numbers 2081-4039. V and B-V values were retrieved, and matched with standard catalogue identifiers (HD, SAO, DM etc). Positions were provided for each comparison star, for B1950. In some instances, where IBVS published a sequence of many stars, or a sequence with faint stars below the limit of the Guide Star Catalogue, positions were not readily available, and the table entry merely refers to the entire sequence.
Number of records: 520.
Version 1 was made available to the astronomical community in two formats : ASCII text file, and spreadsheet (Lotus 1-2-3), on diskette upon request.
In 2001, at the suggestion of Dr. Andras Holl, the Directory was expanded to cover many missed issues of IBVS, especially numbers 1-2080. The table format was retained, but the number of records was now almost double, and covered IBVS issues 1 - 4209. The complete table of comparison stars can be found on IBVS CD-ROM II as a text file (auxiliary table 4067-t1.txt, to IBVS 4067).
Number of records: 1025.
Version 3 (IBVS4)
In Jan. 2003, upon request, it was agreed to update the Directory again. Firstly, all of the numbers of IBVS 4210-5000 were searched for data. Secondly it was decided to check and amend all positions from epoch B1950 to J2000. This was done using Guide 8 (TM) software. The retrieval of higher precision coordinates was greatly facilitated, as well as retrieving other catalogue numbers. This process also allowed easy checking of IBVS data against data from the Hipparcos/Tycho mission. Any discepancies found were investigated closely and resolved satisfactorily, in most cases.The working name for Version 3 is IBVS4.
Number of records: 1322.
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|Humphreys Catalogue of 71 OB Associations|
OB Associations Database
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 1997. Last Revised: 2012
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|Sharov Catalogue of Photometric Sequences|
Sharov Catalogue of Photometric Sequences
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 2006. Last Revised: 2012
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|Catalogue of R136 Cluster stars in the LMC|
Catalogue of R136 Cluster stars in the LMC
Edited by Mati Morel, created: 2010.
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|Andrews-Morel Photometric Catalogue Around M42|
|The Atlas is a computer-readable version of David Andrews’ monumental Atlas of the Orion Nebula region (Armagh Observatory, 1981), updated by Mati Morel for VSS in 2011. It comprises corrected coordinates updated to epoch J2000.0, and BV magnitudes of 16398 stars in a region of 21.5 square degrees centred on M42 down to V~17. Download the ZIP file, which contains the database in a format for loading into Guide8 (and 9): Andrews.dat and Andrews.tdf, and two Readme files. The Andrews catalogue omitted the dense H II regions around M42; however Morel has covered this by including the Parenago catalogue, also designed to run on Guide8: Parenago.dat and Parenago.tdf. The two DAT files can be run simultaneously if desired.|
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|GCVS stars catalog for MaximDL V5|
|For users of MaximDL/CCD V5 this file replaces the Stars.csv file found in the /Program files/Diffraction Limited/MaximDL V5 folder on Windows machines. Rename your original file to stars.old and just copy the new file into the folder. The original file contained just 78 bright stars but the replacement contains those bright stars plus the entire GCVS catalog plus 140 transiting exoplanets. Using the catalog for a goto has the added benefit of putting the target star's name into the FITS header of your images.|
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American Association of Variable Star Observers: http://www.aavso.org/ Easily the biggest, most important and most internationalised variable star orginisation in the world. You don't have to be a member to make use of its extensive facilities, information, and databases - and you really have to if you are serious about variables. More about AAVSO.
Our research targets all radially pulsating variables from the AI Velorum stars with very short periods of an hour or so to superiants such as Betelgeuse or R Leporis with periods of a year or more. These pulsations are largely related to the size and density of a star and allow us to understand the structure and evolution of stars which show these variations of brightness.