Center for Astrophysics,
Harvard College Observatory and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
As we all know so well,
Astronomy is now regarded as the most glamorous of the physical sciences.
Discoveries made during the last 10-20 years from space and with radio
telescopes are primarily responsible for the tremendously exciting developments
wich have put astronomy into the limelight. The three most fascinating objects
discovered recently are quasars, pulsars and X-ray sources (which in turn
probably contain neutron stars and black holes). An increasing number of these
fantastic sources are within the range of 6-inch telescopes, and this report is
intended to draw the attention of the AAVSO to some of these sources and
discuss why they are so very important to our fuller (but never complete!)
understanding of their properties.