The fourth edition of the
Bright Star Catalog, now being complied jointly at the Yale and Strasbourg
Observatories, will contain 610 confirmed and 1261 suspected variable stars.
This amounts to 20% of the Bright Star Catalog and is up to 12% over the
numbers in the 1964 edition. Among the stars with late M-type or peculiar
A-type spectra high percentages have been found to be variable. In these
categories it is noted that relatively few variables confirmed by 1969 have
amplitudes under 0.5 visual magnitude, whereas the vast majority of those
discovered and verified subsequently do have amplitudes well under 0.5 mag.
Most of these are either slowly varying irregular variables of class Lb, or CVn
stars with periods less than two days. Lists have been prepared of the
potentially variables stars with these spectral characteristics. They should be
monitored photoelectrically, the Ap types frequently, the M stars occasionally.
AAVSO members who have photoelectric equipment might well enjoy the thrills of
discovery observing these stars.