Visual observing can be done with the naked eye, a pair of binoculars, or with a mounted or transportable telescope.
Q- How do I get observer initials?
The 10-Star Training Tutorials are designed for novices who have no prior experience observing variable stars. It is a walk through of how to find the star, how to make an estimate and how to submit the estimate to the AAVSO. If you are new to the AAVSO then these are great tutorials to get you started.
Visual observations of variable stars make up the largest component of the AAVSO International Database now containing over 19 million observations on thousands of variable stars. These stars are primarily large-amplitude (visual range greater than one magnitude).
by Janet A. Mattei, AAVSO Director 1973-2004, published in Eyepiece Views, September 2002.
How have you made your "friendship" with variable stars? Has it been through your observing? Or through your reading? Or through your training?
The following is a list of stars that are relatively easy to locate and observe visually with either small to mid-sized telescopes or binoculars. All are great stars for beginning observers and have impressive historical light curves to which your contributions are always welcome! The letters under "Suggested Charts" indicate the recommended 'scales' of charts used to observe these stars. Use the Variable Star Plotter (VSP) to create your own charts.