2016 schedule

Sat 14:30-15:00
Theatre 106

The Australian Variable Star Hunt

Mike Thompson, Jacinta Lee Den Besten

Backyard AstroScience, Melbourne University, ASV, iTelescope

Backyard AstroScience is working with Melbourne University and the ASV to coordinate teams of novice astronomers hunting for variable stars in the southern skies. The teams initially come from Melbourne University's Telescopes-in-Schools programme and the ASV's Junior Section. Each team is provided with easy-to-follow instructions and support to get started with using their own 'scopes to capture, analyse and share photometric data. Teams can also use iTelescope and VPHOT (AAVSO) to refine their observations and zero-in on candidate stars. This presentation provides an update on our progress and challenges new teams to get involved.