Variable Star Data Management, Reduction and Analysis
“What kind of story is my observations telling me?” Without a doubt, your observations of variable stars will provide some insight into the specific characteristics of each. Of course, the quality of your observations will determine the depth of the insight. In any case, before long, you will find yourself the custodian of a large amount of information that may have scientific value. It will certainly be valuable to you. Your ability to properly analyze the growing mound of information and to tease from within the hidden secrets will increase its value. With an understanding of basic data analysis, interpreting the secrets hidden within your own observations can be rewarding and is an important part of variable-star observing. Basic analysis of your data will elevate you above simple bean counting.
KeywordsLight Curve Variable Star Julian Date Atmospheric Extinction Brightness Estimate
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