Contents

1 Observing Variable Stars 1

2 The Variable Stars 21

3 Eruptive Variable Stars 37

4 Pulsating Variable Stars 57

5 Cataclysmic (Explosive and Novalike) Variables 97

6 Rotating Variable Stars 127

7 Close Binary Eclipsing Systems 139

8 Optically Variable Close Binary Sources of Strong, Variable X-Ray Radiation

(X-Ray Sources) 157

9 A General Approach to Observing Variable

Stars 165

10 VSO Planning 189

11 VSO Preparations 201

12 VSO Methods 217

13 Variable Star Data Management, Reduction and Analysis 233

14 Variable Star Reporting and Recording Organizations 253

15 Variable Star Observing and Amateur Astronomers 259

viii Observing Variable Stars

Appendix A Database Management 265

Appendix B Time Series Analysis Using TSl 1 .. 267

Appendix C Analysis Using Spreadsheets 269

Index

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