Techniques used in variable star research

Participants in the VSS community undertake research using a variety of techniques. You can learn more about these techniques below.

Visual observing

Many variable star observers start their journey by visually observing variables that can be viewed through binoculars or small telescopes. There is a long history of serious research done in this manner, and it requires no further equipment such as cameras, filters and computers. In this regard it is ideal for beginners; yet it is also the true passion of many variable star observers around the world.