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When I add a new star to my program…
I call the AAVSO API to get me the VS data and the candidate comparison stars in a requested mag. range and chart width. I use the B-V from SIMBAD to give me a guide to any major differences that there might be in the B-V values of the comparison stars. It’s more of a sanity check – sometime there aren’t enough good choices to throw any out! My code then builds this info into my master variable star csv file which is read by my automated photometry routines (Python and AstroArt8). The API also returns a URI with the chart which I stream down and save as an image file. The BAA and AAVSO upload files are automatically generated.