Dear New Member/Observers,
AAVSO is offering a new CHOICE course for beginning visual observers,
called Visual Observing Basics. This course will use the AAVSO Visual
Observing Manual as its primary text. We will cover variable stars,
basic equipment, how to make observations and submit data, plotting
VSO charts, planning an observing session and many other topics. This
course is highly recommended for anyone just starting out in visual
For more information on CHOICE see http://www.aavso.org/choice-astronomy .
The course is scheduled to begin March 18 and there are still places
in the class.
The cost of the course is $30.00 US.
You can sign up at http://www.aavso.org/aavso-online-store 
To successfully complete this section of the CHOICE in Astronomy,
Visual Observing Certification you must submit all four quizzes on
time, participate in discussions and submit two observations within
0.2 magnitudes of the median for the current AAVSO light curve of your
stars. This means you will need to be a registered user of the AAVSO
website and you must be assigned an AAVSO observer code. Instructions
for obtaining those will be provided.
You will probably need to spend an hour a day reading and perhaps
another 30 minutes to an hour reading and posting comments to the
discussion forum. You also need to make a couple observations and have
them evaluated. There is no time like now to learn how to do this!
If you have taken a visual observing CHOICE course before, you know
how much fun it can be to learn and share the experience with your
fellow AAVSO member observers. If you haven't tried this before, I'm
certain you will feel it is worth far more than you're paying and it
will be just one of many classes you will decide to take to make your
observing more exciting, interesting and fun.
I hope you decide to join us.
See you in the forum,