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    Doug Bickley
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    I’m a member of the Wolverhampton AS and also run the Perton Library Astronomy Group in Staffs with my colleague Steve Wootton.

    We are new to variable star observing but have access to the Faukes network through the library group.  Has anyone any advice or comments other than that shown on the BAA website on VS projects that we could assist with using the capabilities of the LCGOT telescopes (we can use 2m, 1m, and 0.4m instruments).

    #578413
    Gary Poyner
    Participant

    You might find the AAVSO observing campaigns of interest.  Have a look here…

    https://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notices-for-observing-campaigns-and-discoveries

    The one on DDE 48 is especially interesting as the UGSU-ER UMa type stars are pretty rare, and there is another UG star located just 4 arc mins away  MASTER OT J204627.96+242218.0.  Both are located in Vulpecula, so well placed now.

    Gary

    #578414
    Grant Privett
    Participant

    A once a month 120s shot of Gyulbudaghian’s nebula would be very welcome in the Deep Sky Section I imagine….

    #578416
    Doug Bickley
    Participant

    Thanks both for the quick responses.  I have a meeting at the Perton venue next week and will look at your suggestions.

    #578417
    Richard Miles
    Participant

    Hi Doug – Very pleased to hear that your library group is interested in getting involved in using telescopes on the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) network. There is a BAA Robotic Telescope Project that looks to encourage amateurs to pursue observing projects on remote scopes, so if you are seriously interested then there are lots of potential targets (comets and asteroids are usually very fruitful) – in some ways, the main difficulty is in deciding what is a worthwhile target to go after. Ask the Perton folk where their interests lie and let us know. We are currently setting up a small panel under the auspices of the BAA RTP to provide guidance of this kind.

    Chat again soon,

    Richard Miles

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