Observing Variable Stars

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2003 - 274 pagine
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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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Observing Variable Stars
The Variable Stars
Eruptive Variable Stars
Pulsating Variable Stars
Cataclysmic Explosive and Novalike Variables
Rotating Variable Stars
Close Binary Eclipsing Systems
Optically Variable Close Binary Sources of Strong Variable XRay Radiation XRay Sources
VSO Preparations
VSO Methods
Variable Star Data Management Reduction and Analysis
Variable Star Reporting and Recording Organizations
Variable Star Observing and Amateur Astronomers
Database Management
Time Series Analysis Using TS11
Analysis Using Spreadsheets

A General Approach to Observing Variable Stars
VSO Planning

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