I'm new to astronomy but experienced with scientific instruments and keen to learn how to produce and interpret astronomical spectra. Eventually I'd hope to contribute to the AAVSO endeavour. I live in Sydney and am considering taking measurements in the local park and camping on sites near railway stations out of town. My proposed viewing station is an 80mm triplet refractor (ED80T) on an HEQ5 or NEQ6 tripod mount with an Alpy600 spectrograph and reflective slit for a guide. As I understand this would be capable of studying the brighter novae, supernovae and cataclysmic variables. Would a small low resolution system like this be capable of doing useful work for AAVSO activities?