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The Future of Visual Observations in Variable Star Research


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Michael A. Simonsen

C. E. Scovil Observatory, 2615 S. Summers Rd., Imlay City, Michigan 48444


Presented at the 93rd Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, July 23, 2004; received November 30, 2004; accepted December 28, 2004


Abstract  This paper discusses several questions: Is the age of visual observations in variable star research coming to an end? What are the benefits and limitations of current and future surveys and CCD observations, and how do such surveys impact the visual observer interested in contributing to variable star research in a meaningful way?


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