Volunteer Opportunities

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The AAVSO is an organization that thrives with the work of dedicated observers and other volunteers. New and ongoing projects at the AAVSO need people to make them happen. If you're looking for ways to contribute to the AAVSO, please consider helping with one or more of these important projects!

 

 

 

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Mentor Observers

We need experienced observers - visual, CCD, DSLR, and PEP - who are willing to share their time and expertise to help new observers become proficient. If you would like to volunteer in our Mentor Program, please email us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Develop Software

Since we are an international organization, our main interactions with the community are through our website. For this reason, the majority of our tools are web-based in order to reach the largest number of users. We need your help to maintain existing programs and develop new applications. Persons with programming expertise - especially with Django and/or Drupal experience - are encouraged to contact AAVSO HQ.

Conduct astronomy education and outreach through our Ambassador Program

The goal of this program is to get diverse people interested and capable in beginning variable star astronomy with AAVSO. This helps the AAVSO achieve its mission to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.​ Ambassador activities primarily consist of conducting astronomy outreach (either in person or online) to schools, clubs, and communities, and participating in or hosting online or in-person astronomy events, such as star parties, sidewalk astronomy, or webinars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Help make Charts and Sequences

The AAVSO largely automated its chart production in the 21st century. Observers now download custom-made charts with characteristics chosen to match their instrumentation and preferences from VSP, the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter.

VSP has eliminated the need for teams of workers creating multiple ‘paper’ charts of various field sizes, magnitude limits, and field orientation. But it has not completely automated the process. Volunteers using a specific set of criteria still select the comparison star sequences used on all VSP charts. This work will continue indefinitely into the future. Would you like to help? Contact the Sequence Team leader, Michael Poxon, if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Help us keep VSX up-to-date

The Variable Star Index (VSX) has become the largest variable star database in the world. As time goes by, more and more catalogues and lists need to be incorporated into it, which takes a lot of time and human resources.

We have made a call for volunteers so you can help us keep up with this challenge. There are many areas in which volunteer help is needed, and many projects that we can undertake. Contact us so we can discuss which one(s) would be best for you and most helpful to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Referee manuscripts for JAAVSO

The Journal of the AAVSO contains the results of research on variable stars; authors from the international astronomical community published there include AAVSO members and observers. The quality of scientific journals such as JAAVSO depends on careful, objective, and informed refereeing. Potential referees are selected by the Editor and will be asked to do the job in a reasonably short time, normally a few weeks. If you have the expertise and can devote some of your time to maintaining the standards of our Journal, please contact the Editor to let her know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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