Visual Observing

Many variable star observers start their journey by visually observing variables that can be viewed through binoculars or small telescopes.  There is a long history of serious research done in this manner, and it requires no further equipment such as cameras, filters and computers.  In this regard it is ideal for beginners; yet it is also the true passion of many variable star observers around the world.

Note that like the DSLR area, this area of research within VSS is based around the technique of observing, rather than purely the nature of the objects being studied.  Some of the projects below therefore overlap with the research areas that focus purely on specific types of variable stars.

Older archived projects can be found here:

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