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Stars Easy to Observe

The following is a list of stars that are relatively easy to locate and observe visually with either small to mid-sized telescopes or binoculars. All are great stars for beginning observers and have impressive historical light curves to which your contributions are always welcome! The letters under "Suggested Charts" indicate the recommended 'scales' of charts used to observe these stars. Use the Variable Star Plotter (VSP) to create your own charts. For stars which have been featured as a "Variable Star of the Season", you can click on their name to read more about them. Also there is a link to a "Finder" chart (where one exists) which can be used to help you find the general location of these and other variables within a constellation.

NAME TYPE RANGE(m) PERIOD(d) SUGGESTED CHARTS FINDER
R And M 5.8 - 14.9 409 A, B, D, E AND
RX And UGZ 10.4 - 15.4 *14 D, E
R Aqr M 5.8 - 12.4 387 B, D AQR
SS Aur UG 10.3 - 15.8 *55.5 B, D, E AUR
S Car M 4.5 – 9.9 149 B CAR
T Cas M 6.9 – 13.0 445 B, D, E CAS
V Cas M 6.9 - 13.4 229 B, D, E
T Cen SR 5.5 - 9.0 90 A, B CEN
R Cen M 5.3 - 11.8 546 A, B
omi Cet M 2.0 – 10.1 332 A, B CET
S CMi M 6.6 - 13.2 333 B, D CMI
R CrB RCB 5.7 - 14.8   A, B, D, E CRB
chi Cyg M 3.3 – 14.2 408 A, B, D, E CYG
R Cyg M 6.1 – 14.4 426 B, D, E
SS Cyg UG 7.7 – 12.4 *49.5 B, D, E
AB Dra UG 11.0 - 15.3 *13.4 D, E DRA
T Her M 6.8 - 13.7 165 B, D
HER
W Her M 7.6 - 14.4 280 B, D, E
R Hor M 4.7 – 14.3 408 A, B, D HOR
T Hor M 7.2 - 13.7 218 B, D
R Hya M 3.5 – 10.9 389 A, B HYA
R LMi M 6.3 - 13.2 372 B, D LMI
R Leo M 4.4 - 11.3 310 B LEO
R Oph M 7.0 - 13.8 306 B, D OPH
R Pic SR 6.3 - 10.1 171 B PIC
R Sct RV 4.2 - 8.6 146 A, B SCT
R Ser M 5.2 - 14.4 356 A, B, D SER
R Sgr M 6.7 - 12.8 269 B, D SGR
RY Sgr RCB 5.8 – 14.0   B, D
T Tuc M 7.5 - 13.8 250 B, D TUC
S UMa M 7.1 - 12.7 226 B, D UMA
T UMa M 6.6 - 13.5 257 B, D
Z UMa SR 6.2 - 9.4 196 A, B
R Vul M 7.0 - 14.3 137 B, D, E VUL
M = Mira; long period variable
RCB = R Coronae Borealis type
RV = RV Tauri type
SR = Semiregular
UG = U Geminorum type cataclysmic
UGZ = Z Camelopardalis type cataclysmic
*Average time between outbursts
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