Variable Stars Common Observation
Mission in Particular Areas of the Sky
Public Photometry Resources
Photometric surveys are essential for variable stars science. Nowadays an individual may access publicly available photometry sources for a research instead of maintaining own one. This provides some advantages and allows a "fast start" though an user is restricted to only a data gathered during a pre-defined period in the past.
There is also a challenging task: since available data belongs to a period in the past (sometimes years ago), it is possible to build a light curve with own equipment and try to enhance a variability period significantly. Being scattered over hundreds or even thousands of possible period cycles apart, the data may be improved and have a stronger quality. This reveals a huge field for automatic research available even to amateur astronomers.
Here at VS-COMPAS we also use public online services as a photometry source. Combining all available data for an object is an important phase of a research. Since every survey may have its own data format and access options, it usually takes quite a bit of time to combine data from different surveys into one light curve manually. Our software photometry aggregation and processing tool does this smoothly and pain-free, significantly reducing time we would spend on data joining.
There are several useful online photometry source outside. See Photometric Surveys List
Here you can find a couple of web links to the main source of electronic scientific articles you would likely be interested in.
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/ - The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, Digital Library for Physics and Astronomy
The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.8 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.
http://arxiv.org/archive/astro-ph - Astrophysics publications (Cornell University Library)
http://www.aavso.org/publications - AAVSO Publications
The official AAVSO website provides publications portal where observing, technical, historical, etc. papers can be found, being organized into several groups.
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/ - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ - Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Sternberg Astronomical Institute: GCVS Research Group
Variable Stars Projects / Societies
The British Astronomical Association, Variable Star Section
http://www.variablestarssouth.org/ - Variable Stars South is an association of astronomers, mainly amateur, interested in researching the rich and under-explored myriad of southern variable stars.
http://cbastro.org/ - Center for Backyard Astrophysics
http://www.aerith.net/misao/ - MISAO Project: research and analysis of variable stars
http://www.anysllum.com/variables/ - ANYS LLUM:
Amateur Astronomical Observations // Variable Stars
VSNET: International Alerting and Mailing List on Variable Stars
VSX International Database
http://www.aavso.org/vsx/ - The International Variable Star Index
The database consisted initially of the General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS) and the New Catalogue of Suspected Variables (NSV) and was then supplemented with a large number of variable star catalogues, as well as individual variable star discoveries or variables found in the literature. Effort has also been invested to update the entries with the latest information regarding position, type and period and to remove duplicates. The VSX database is being continually updated and maintained. See 2006SASS...25...47W paper for details.
AAVSO Data Resources
http://www.aavso.org/data-main - The AAVSO Data Main Portal
http://www.aavso.org/aavso-research-portal - The AAVSO Research Portal
From this page, you can find information about obtaining AAVSO data, requesting new observations, or learning more about the AAVSO, its data, and its services for the research community. Its purpose is to facilitate your use of the AAVSO's resources in your research efforts.
The AAVSO's excellent Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars
Journals on Variable Stars
http://www.aavso.org/publications/jaavso/ - The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers is the research publication of the AAVSO.
http://var.astro.cz/oejv/ - Open European Journal on Variable stars
http://www.konkoly.hu/IBVS/IBVS.html - The Information Bulletin on Variable Stars
http://www.astronet.ru/db/varstars/ - Variable Stars journal
http://www.sai.msu.su/groups/cluster/gcvs/ - General Catalogue of Variable Stars
http://cds.u-strasbg.fr/ - Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg
http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR - The VizieR Astronomical Catalogue Service
http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/ - SIMBAD Astronomical Database
http://aladin.u-strasbg.fr/aladin.gml - Aladin Interactive Sky Atlas
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