There are still several spots open in the upcoming CHOICE course for visual observers. The class is called "Developing A Visual Observing Program" and it offers a chance for you to explore the reasons behind selecting specific targets to observe, based on your instrumentation, site conditions, science objectives, etc. If you are just starting out, this class could be the thing that helps you put it all together.
Even experienced observers have benefitted from taking the class, as it makes you evaluate the stars in your program and develop a list of variable stars that you can enjoy observing for years while making a contribution to science. Maybe it's time to whittle down your list of stars, or maybe it's time to stretch out and try some new things.
The thing that doesn't get advertised enough about this course is the fact it is a lot of _fun_. For four weeks you get to discuss visual observing and share your experiences as well as learn about your fellow AAVSO observers and their stories. It's like going to a star party or an AAVSO meeting without the time and expense of travel! Class begins Monday, August 20, so there is not much time left to register. Head on over to the AAVSO Store and sign up today!