Are we soon to be ASASSN-ated ?
Off and on, we have heard concerns that automated surveys will make many if not most of our individual observations valueless. The usual reply from AAVSO is that it is not much of a concern, and we should continue our observations, as they are all useful.
However, this new all-sky survey ASASSN, appears to have arrived, and may be the "nail in the coffin" for most other observations? They already have been covering a good portion of the sky, and discovered numerous variables, SN and other transients. According to their website, they are planning to expand their system to COVER THE ENTIRE SKY DOWN TO 17th MAGNITUDE ON A DAILY BASIS.
If this plan succeeds, won't they make a large percentage of typical AAVSO observations superflous? Certainly most of mine, as a visual observer, would be. I suppose the realm fainter than 17th magnitude will still be virgin territory, but thats not really practical for visual.
This system really does scare me.