Interested in what we can see?
CCD vis Visual Observers.
Two distinct observing cultures are striking delineated in the recent monitoring of U Gem.
October 2012 to date, the camps are strictly segregated. 33 in the CCD group, and 34 visual contributors. No name features on both lists.
It's interesting to speculate why variable star observing is so striking polarised in this regard. Is this down to a simple difference of sophistication and/or finance; or is there an aesthetic at large somewhere? Personally, as a visual observer, I like to say,” I'm interested in what I can see”.But this would imply being not all for every technique that adds to the sum of knowledge: patently untrue, for one who devours all the popular literature, during wet evenings.
In this new outburst, the visuals got in first with PYG giving the alert early on the 9th and KMA trailing by just 90 minutes. MGW's CCD estimate followed at 09.3875. Mostly, this was an accident of time zones, it must be said. Following morning, I dragged myself out of bed with the 16x80's to catch U Gem nearing maximum.
The LC is a nice example of collaboration between visual and CCD observers.