I recently began a small project targeting some M-class variables near V426 Oph, a possible Z Cam I am following. My thought was to pick miras that have no published period in VSX and follow them through to establish periods. A second side project was to see if there are any other variables in the FOV (40x30’). It occurred to me that this might be a good group project. Not everyone can take weekly data, but if the group is large enough we could get the data coverage we need. There are lots of miras with no periods. Many of these are not suitable for amateur work (at least with my set-up) because they have faint companions or field stars immediately adjacent to them, but some are well isolated and could be followed for a couple of seasons. Several of my targets are in the 11-16th magnitude range, so they are measurable. And, who know what else might show up as undiscovered or under-characterized?
Opinions about such a project are welcome: (1) Worthwhile? (2) Would the results be publishable? If yes to 1 and 2: Any professional help available to mentor a group of self-selected participants and keep us in line?
Thanks for any input,