Observing Variable Stars

Springer Science & Business Media, 2012/12/06 - 284 ページ
Observing variable stars is one of the major contributions amateur astronomers make to science. There are 36,000 variable stars listed in the General Catalogue of Variable Stars, so it is clearly impossible for the limited number of professional observatories to target even the majority of them. That's where amateur astronomers come in - thousands of them turning their telescopes to the sky every night. Variable star observing is the most popular of "real science" activities for amateurs, and Gerry Good's book provides everything needed. The first part of the book provides a highly detailed account of the various classes of variable star, with examples, illustrations and physical descriptions. The second section covers practical aspects of observing, everything from preparation and planning, through observing techniques, to data management and reduction.

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Eruptive Variable Stars 37
Cataclysmic Explosive and Novalike
Rotating Variable Stars 127
Optically Variable Close Binary Sources
VSO Planning 189
VSO Methods 217
Appendix A Database Management 265
Variable Star Data Management Reduction
Appendix B Time Series Analysis Using TS11 267

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