Visual variable star observing

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The 19th century astronomers who laid many of the foundations of our modern understanding of the heavens did so by actually looking through their telescopes. No electronic sensors and computer-controlled data gathering for them! It turns out that there are still important measurements that can be made in the same way—eyeballs to eyepiece—and that amateur astronomers can contribute to science using the equipment that you probably use for every stargazing session.


Visual Observation Variable Star Comp Star Cataclysmic Variable Secondary Mirror 
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