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Mission in Particular Areas of the Sky

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Basically, all the information on the website is fully available to unregistered visitors, so there is no need to have an account to read materials on the website. You'll only need an account if you want to use the VS-COMPAS Sofware Tools for research purposes.

How can I get an account here?

We do not allow public registration, so if you want to get an account or join the team, please contact us. The reason is simple though: here at VS-COMPAS, we don't want random people have a public access to the resource-consuming software on-line. This approach is kind of inconvenient, but effective. Once approved, a new member will be provided with an access to our software for free. There is no fee or payment required at all. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What the VS-COMPAS project is?

The VS-COMPAS name stands for Variable Stars Common Observation Mission in Particular Areas of the Sky. It is a collaborative non-commercial project initially started [late 2011] by four amateur astronomers from Belarus. The main goal is to discover, analysis of light curves and variable stars research. We developed our own software allowing us to analyze basic photometric properties of light curves. Currently we have 8 active team members from Belarus and Ukraine. The total number of discovered stars is more than a thousand.

Is participation in the project free?

Yes, it's totally free, including an access to our custom software allowing variable stars light curve properties research.

Are there knowledge requirements to join the team?

Generally, yes. To be a member, you are likely to be an amateur astronomer who is interested in variable stars. Our team is not in a hurry to grow fast as we place quality over quantity. From new members we expect strong interest in the subject along with some basic knowledge in variable stars field. Sure, an ability to learn new stuff on your own is also sufficient. Unfortunately, we have too limited amount of time to be able to dedicate it just to a basic help. But you are welcome to ask any questions.

What if I am new to the field of variable stars?

First of all, we'd like to recommend you to start gaining knowledge base on variable stars (by reading books, articles, web, etc.). This may require some time and efforts though. You may also use our website's stars list for review. But you are welcome to contact us. Also, you may visit our References section where you can find the list of most valuable and authoritative online scientific astronomy resources.

Do project members hold their own discoverer status?

Absolutely. All members show themselves as discoverers when a star is submitted to the VSX. Though project's name is required on the record.

I discovered a variable star... Could you help me in analysis?

Sure! We'll be glad to help you to analyze your star's data and provide you with the steps to submit the star to the VSX. You will hold all the discoverer rights for the object and may add VS-COMPAS reference to the submission.

Where can I find VS-COMPAS objects details?

We submit all our discoveries to the VSX catalog (The International Variable Star Index), so all of our stars can be found there. At the same time, each object has its own details page on this website as well. Please, check out the VS-COMPAS Stars List.

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Selected Issue (#5)

Issue #5
March-April 2014

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PDF Bulletin on Variable Stars

Amateurs' Guide to Variable Stars

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In this issue:
KOI-3278: A self-lensing binary star system by Ivan Adamin

BL Bootis stars - anomalous Cepheids by Ivan Adamin

A revision of NSV 13538 = NSVS 17231162 by Alexandr Ditkovsky

NSVS 11075037 = Dauban V53:
updated elements of a Mira variable in Hercules
by Siarhey Hadon

RS Puppis: the light echoes calibrate standard candles for accurate distance measurements
by Ivan Adamin

SS Lacertae: The non-eclipsing eclipsing binary by Ivan Adamin

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