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This course will use the second half of the AAVSO Guide to CCD Photometry and will cover topics including optimal image photometry settings and techniques, transformation, and basic error estimation. We'll also discuss how to plan an observing run to optimize the scientific return of your observations. Part I of this course is not a prerequisite, but is very strongly encouraged for new CCD photometrists. Image processing software is required, but images will be provided for those without their own equipment.
This course is intended to provide participants with a
systematic coverage of VStar's current functionality, an appreciation of
the ways in which it can be extended, and how it can be used for variable
star data visualization and analysis.
You’ll learn how to create mean plots, phase plots, and perform simple
period analysis. This is not a course on statistics, but relevant statistical
concepts as they apply to the use of VStar will be introduced through
reading and discussion.
You must successfully complete exercises and weekly
quizzes as well as a final examination to pass the course.
VStar is written in the Java programming language, requiring at least
version 1.7 to run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and OpenSolaris.
This course will utilize the updated DSLR photometry manual
as its guide. This manual is a basic introduction and guide to using a
DSLR camera to make variable star observations. The target audience is
first-time beginner to intermediate level DSLR observers, although advanced
observers may find the content useful as well.
The life of Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit—world-renowned
astronomer, expert on variable stars, astrometry, and the history of
astronomy—is a story of hardships endured, difficulties surmounted, lessons
learned, goals met, and successes attained. She has spent a lifetime at work
with some of the greatest astronomers of the 20th century, and has inspired
new generations of young astronomers. The American Association of Variable
Star Observers is proud to publish this wonderful book.
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