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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

Scientific Publications

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

http://www.britastro.org/vss/ -
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

http://www.kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/vsnet/ -
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

Online Cataloguing

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

Selected Issue (#5)

Issue #5
March-April 2014

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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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