Please read this Alert Notice on the AAVSO web page. This is a great chance for visual observers to contribute to a major study being done by professional astronomers. I just printed my charts and am ready to start observing them. Read the entire Alert Notice. It's exciting. I hope as many will participate as possible.
Chris Stephan SET
Robert Clyde Observatory
Sebring, FL USA
Be carefull when using the VSP for DR Tau. There is a bright star (mag. 10.5) not included on the charts (gsc 1271 1265), close to the position of V1001 Tau. It's not a nova :-) ...and makes it tricky to orientate in the starfield.
I doubt the 10m star would be V1001 Tau. Aladin shows a kinda 13.7 mag nebulosity (or very close double star) close to the position of V1001. APASS data show this star seems to be variable (Verr=0.183 mag), while the 10.7 mag star seems to be constant in APASS (Verr=0.005 mag).
Robert Fidrich (FRF)