Hello dear AAVSO members,
I am a new member of the AAVSO even though I ocassionaly collaborated some years ago with observations. I had been interested in astronomy from my teenage years and using different types of telescopes and CCD cameras from 1996. Currently I live in a suburbial city close to Barcelona in Spain. In 2005 my home observatory was completed, it is a small dome type of observatory and I currently have installed and Astro-Physics 1200 GTO mount and a Meade 12 inches catadiopric telescope. I also use a ST-8 CCD camera with BRVI filters from Custom Scientific and a SBIG spectrograph.
I am interested in learning more about variable stars and be able to contribute scientifically (even though I have no official scientific education). Right now I am specially interested in improving my spectrography to be usable in the observation campains. But also I intend to collaborate with variable stars CCD photometry.
Even though my medium size telescope my suburbial near the sea observatory is afected by Barcelona light pollution and high air humidity, my visual limit magnitude is arround 5 in a good night at the zenit. So my possibilities of work with faint stars is a little compromised. I specially suffer of very bad light pollution in the SW horizon (the direction of Barcelona).
I want appologize in advances for spelling or expression mistakes in this or other post, English is not my fisrt language.4
Thank you. Clear Skies,