AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Cataclysmic Variables

Volume 40 number 1 (2012)

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Paula Szkody
Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195; szkody@astro.washington.edu
Boris T. Gaensicke
Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK; Boris.Gaensicke@warwick.ac.uk

Abstract

The cataclysmic variables, comprising the classical novae, dwarf novae, and nova-like variables, provide the amateur variable star observer with the greatest opportunities for important and indispensable contributions to the current progress of astronomy.