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29 September New eJAAVSO preprint: Amplitude variations in pulsating yellow supergiants

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Amplitude Variations in Pulsating Yellow Supergiants


John R. Percy
Rufina Y. H. Kim

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4, Canada

Received June 12, 2014; revised July 24, 2014; accepted July 24, 2014


17 September Alert Notice 504: Epsilon Aur monitoring during predicted pulsation phase

September 17, 2014: Dr. Robert Stencel (University of Denver Astronomy Program) has requested that AAVSO observers monitor epsilon Aurigae from now through the end of the observing season.

12 September New eJAAVSO preprint: CT Lac--Long-period Carbon Star with Long-Timescale Variations?


CT Lacertae: Another Long-period Carbon Star with Long-Timescale Variations?


Matthew R. Templeton
Peter Maurer
Wolfgang Kriebel
Wayne M. Lowder (1932–2003)
Etienne Morelle
Steve O’Connor
Andrzej Arminski
Laurent Bichon
John E. Bortle

AAVSO, 49 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA 02138

11 September Announcing the 2014 AAVSO Council Nominees

Please click on the name of the nominee to view his/her online biography.  Council election ballots were mailed to each member in mid-September.  Best of luck to all of our nominees!

05 September Two new eJAAVSO preprints: O-C Methods; EQ Eri


Methods for O–C (Observed Minus Computed) Diagrams and for the Determination of Light Elements of Variable Stars with Linear and Second Order Polynomial Ephemerides


Roy Andrew Axelsen
P.O. Box 706, Kenmore, Queensland 4069, Australia

Received July 24, 2014; accepted July 28, 2014


03 September New eJAAVSO preprint: 23 New Variable Stars



23 New Variable Stars


Maurice Clark
Texas Tech University, Physics Department, P.O. Box 41051, Lubbock, TX 79409

Received May 20, 2014, accepted June 30, 2014

28 August New eJAAVSO preprint: V393 Car, current light elements


Current Light Elements of the δ Scuti Star V393 Carinae


Roy Axelsen
P. O. Box 706, Kenmore, Queensland 4069, Australia

Received May 1, 2014; revised July 1, 2014; accepted July 1, 2014

28 August New eJAAVSO preprint: AL Pictoris and FR Piscium: Two Regular Blazhko RR Lyrae Stars


AL Pictoris and FR Piscium: Two Regular Blazhko RR Lyrae Stars


Pierre de Ponthière
15 Rue Pré Mathy, Lesve, Profondeville 5170, Belgium

Franz-Josef (Josch) Hambsch
12 Oude Bleken, Mol, 2400, Belgium

Kenneth Menzies
318A Potter Road, Framingham, MA 01701

27 August Two new eJAAVSO preprints: Sloan Magnitudes for the Brightest Stars; BVRI Photometry of SN 2013ej

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Sloan Magnitudes for the Brightest Stars


Anthony Mallama

14012 Lancaster Lane, Bowie, MD 20715

Received April 8, 2014; revised June 23, 2014; accepted July 8, 2014


20 August New DSLR Observing Manual Available Free From AAVSO

The AAVSO is pleased to announce the availability of our new DSLR Observing Manual.

18 August Solar Bulletin - Volume 70, Number 7
The July 2014 Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:
06 August Alert Notice 503: Request for regular monitoring of the symbiotic variable RT Cru

August 6, 2014: Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and colleagues have requested AAVSO observer assistance in their campaign on the symbiotic variable RT Cru. Weekly or more frequent monitoring beginning now is requested in support of upcoming Chandra observations still to be scheduled.

31 July New eJAAVSO preprint: Twenty-Two New Variable Stars in the Northern Sky

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Twenty-Two New Variable Stars in the Northern Sky and Light Elements Improvement for PT Lyr, [WM2007] 1157, and [WM2007] 1160


Riccardo Furgoni

28 July CHOICE Fall Schedule 2014

The Fall Schedule of CHOICE courses has been set. Most courses are available to AAVSO members AND the general public.  Class size is limited to 15 people, so sign up as soon as you can to save a seat.​ Registrations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are handled through our online store. The fee for AAVSO members is $30.00. Non-members pay $50.00.

24 July Special Notice #387: EE Cep eclipse and comparison stars

July 24, 2014:The eclipse of EE Cep (AAVSO Alert Notice 502) appears to be gradually beginning, according to observations in the AAVSO International Database. Please observe this system according to the instructions given in the Alert Notice.

09 July Alert Notice 502: EE Cep observations requested for upcoming eclipse

July 9, 2014: The AAVSO requests observations for the upcoming eclipse of EE Cephei, a long-period eclipsing variable. EE Cep has a period of 2,050 days, and shows strong variations in the eclipse light curve from one event to the next. Observations are needed to study the morphology of the upcoming eclipse, which will be used to better understand the shape of the eclipsing disk and how it precesses. Mid-eclipse is predicted to be August 23, 2014, but the early stages of the eclipse may begin as much as a month earlier.

03 July AAVSO Newsletter for July 2014 is published

AAVSO Newsletter 61, July 2014 is now available to members

The AAVSO Newsletter is a periodic, general forum that supports our various observing programs with lists of new targets, observing programming ideas, and general information that spans a wide area of interest. Guest writers contribute pieces that can range from current events to book reviews.

30 June Paper copies of JAAVSO v42 n1 are now available
Volume 42 Number 1 2014

Paper copy from is available for $12 plus shipping.

26 June VStar 2.16.1 Release

A new version of VStar has just been released! This version contains security upgrades and will re-enable the Plug-in Manager and discrepant observation reporting that were disabled in the wake of the AAVSO Security breach. (Please note that the Members-only BSM and APASS Epoch Photometry plugins are still not available until further security measures can be implemented.)

In addition to the security upgrades, David Benn has also corrected several bugs and incorporated other changes based on valuable feedback from participants in his recent VStar CHOICE course. 

25 June Visual Observing Manual in Persian - 2013 edition

The Persian (Farsi) version of the June 2013 revision of Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars - راهنمای رصد بصری ستارگان متغیر is now available for download here:

This Manual is available free-of-charge and may be reproduced and distributed as needed.

24 June New eJAAVSO preprint: Multi-band differential photometry

Multi-band Differential Photometry of the Eclipsing Variable Star NSVS 5750160
Robert C. Berrington, Erin M. Tuhey


24 June JAAVSO Vol. 42, No. 1, 2014, is published

JAAVSO Volume 42, Number 1, 2014 is published. The issue can be downloaded by AAVSO members as a pdf file.

The printed version of this issue will be available soon.

20 June Special Notice #386: ASASSN-14cl New large-amplitude cataclysmic variable

June 20, 2014: Kris Z. Stanek (The Ohio State University) et al. reported the discovery during the ongoing All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) of a bright transient (10.66V) on 2014 June 14.52 UT. Data were obtained using the quadruple 14-cm "Brutus" telescope in Haleakala, HI (hosted by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network).(ATel #6233,

30 May Three new eJAAVSO preprints: Red Supergiants; Z Cam Stars; tribute to Leslie Peltier

ej258: "Amplitude Variations in Pulsating Red Supergiants" by John R. Percy, Viraja C. Khatu

ej257: "Leslie Peltier: The World’s Greatest Amateur Astronomer" by Mike Simonsen

ej256: "Z Cam Stars in the Twenty-First Century" by Mike Simonsen, David Boyd, William Goff, Tom Krajci, Kenneth Menzies, Sebastian Otero, Stefano Padovan, Gary Poyner, James Roe, Richard Sabo, George Sjoberg, Bart Staels, Rod Stubbings, John Toone, Patrick Wils


27 May Charts and Sequences Update May 2014

The following objects have been given new or revised sequences since January 1, 2014. If you observe any of these objects, please check to see you have the latest versions of the charts and sequences for your targets.

A full listing of new and revised sequences, for this year and going back to 2009, is available here on Google Drive. You can also download this list as .xlasx or .csv below.

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