What is VSS?
Variable Stars South is a loose association of astronomers, mainly amateur, interested in researching the rich and under-explored myriad of southern variable stars.
Renamed in 2009 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. These are organised in technique areas such as DSLR work, and into project research groups carrying our research projects such as BL Tel, 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, supplied to international specialist data collection organisations or published on our website. Two examples of our publications are the Newsletter, and the Southern Eclipsing Binary Database.
Join in our research!
Register on our website (free) so you can make use of our facilities and join in our research projects (listed under the Projects menu). You can contact the project leader to join in.
Check out our VSS Data Access & Use Policy for information on how we work.