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Z UMI

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RGN
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It appears that Z UMI is undergoing one of its deepest minima (below 18th mag). I have seen that there are a few observers that reguraly follows this RCB star. Since I have leraned that the minima are particularly important to determine the physical properties of RCB stars I wonder whether the AAVSO has given notice to professional astronomers and if there are some of them that are currently taking the spectrum of Z  UMI.

Gianluca

These deep minima are indeed
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wel
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These deep minima are indeed scientifically valuable - they allow a close examination of the environment of the R CrB variable when adaptive optics are used.

Cheers,

Doug

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