Technique Guides

A variety of techniques can be used in variable star observing and the following guides are provided to assist you in refining the use of them.

  • DSLR Photometry Overview - The following tutorials have been prepared to assist you in your understanding of DSLR Photometry
  • Observing & Reporting - The VSS guide “How to Observe Variable Stars” is the essential short introduction for visual observers using binoculars or telescopes. This begins at the beginning, and covers techniques, charts, and recording and observing, as well as some handy hints about pitfalls. If you are new to variable star observing, this document also tells you how ...
  • Pulsating Variables & VSS - 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 ...
  • Video Photometry Guides - The following tutorials have been prepared to assist you in your understanding of Video Photometry.
  • Visual Research in VSS - Variable stars change brightness; slowly and ponderously, rapidly or explosively, or anywhere in between. The phenomena relate to much, maybe even most, of stellar research, and professional astronomers rely to a large degree on amateur observers. The observation of such stars is the easiest way for the amateur to cooperate and interact with professional astronomers ...
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