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Eclipsing Binary Observing Guide

Eclipsing Binary Observing Guide

Revised edition of the Eclipsing Binary Observing Guide published in 2021 (original 2011).

Eclipsing binaries can be studied with a range of techniques, all the way from simple naked eye observations of some of the brighter systems, through using binoculars or small telescopes, via imaging with DSLR cameras, all the way to sophisticated electronic imaging systems. This handbook provides the observer with a detailed guide to observing these objects. It covers the basic categories of eclipsing binaries, which stars the beginning observer might like to follow, how to interpret the resulting light curve and how to extract the all-important “time of minimum”, corresponding to mid eclipse.

Please note the Eclipsing Binary Observing Guide can be downloaded from the VSS website in PDF format for free.

Teaser image: Artist’s impression of eclipsing binary, credit ESO/L. Calçada

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