Believe it or not, this month marks 20 years since I came back to the hobby of amateur astronomy.
Over the last year it became increasingly obvious to me that I had achieved all that I had ever wanted to achieve and that the enjoyment and job satisfaction I used to feel had declined almost to vanishing point.
I postponed making a final decision to pull the plug until I had worked out what had gone wrong. Was it me or was it you lot? I finally decided that I am just too tired to continue to throw astronomical life preservers to people who in the main don't appeciate them and in some cases don't deserve them either.
Thanks for the good times - and a final two-fingered salute to John Greaves - it has been quite a ride!
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Friday, 21 September 2012
The orbital and superhump periods of the deeply eclipsing dwarf nova PU Umahttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.4062
Rotational and Cyclical Variability in gamma Cassiopeiae. II. Fifteen Seasonshttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.4394
The astronomizings of Dr. Anderson and the curious case of his disappearing novahttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.4057
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
There are two high-profile professional astronomers standing for Council and it is precisely because they are both high-profile and professional that counts against them in my eyes. I don’t want the work of supporting the AAVSO being squeezed into the tiny gaps that remain in their hectic working day. So with all due respect to Edward Guinan and John Martin I can only say, “thanks but no thanks”.
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Pre-main sequence variable stars in young open cluster NGC 1893
Photometric study of the short-period RS CVn eclipsing binary DV Pschttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.1862
Bright low mass eclipsing binary candidates observed by STEREOhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2014
An Eccentric Eclipsing Binary: CGAurhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2248
Brightness variations in totally-eclipsing binary GSC4589-2999http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2567
V369 Gem: A New Ellipsoidal Variable System With High Level Chromospheric Activityhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2576
Friday, 7 September 2012
Broad-band timing properties of the accreting white dwarf MV Lyrae
Long-term photometric and spectroscopic observations of the near-contact binary KR Cygni
IPHAS J062746.41+014811.3: a deeply eclipsing intermediate polarhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1209.0719
See also Astronomical Data Mining
Friday, 31 August 2012
The Shape of Long Outbursts in U Gem Type Dwarf Novae from AAVSO Data
CC Sculptoris: A superhumping intermediate polarhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.5936
Discovery of an X-ray Emitting Nebula around the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidishttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.6120
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Phenomenological Modeling of the Light Curves of Algol-Type Eclipsing Binary Stars
Can R CrB stars form from the merger of two helium white dwarfs?http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.3907
Multi-Periodic Oscillations in Cepheids and RR Lyrae-Type Starshttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4246
Discovery of Peculiar Double-Mode Pulsations and Period Doubling in KEPLER RRc Variableshttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4251
The QUEST RR Lyrae Survey: III. The Low Galactic Latitude Cataloguehttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4599
Analysis of a selected sample of RR Lyrae stars in LMC from OGLE IIIhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4711