Arne's List of Projects
Over the years, DocArne has been building a list of variable star projects that come across his desk. Before becoming Director of the AAVSO, he was an astronomer at the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was a very active observer and collected a tremendous amount of high quality data. At the AAVSO, he's continued to collect data with the AAVSOnet of telescopes. He has some data for each of these projects and is willing to share the data with teams working on them. He is also available to answer questions and give advice to anyone working with the data. (And, of course, we'll assign an official professional liaison as well...).
The projects are listed at the following URL. Just click on the text file of the object that interests you:
If you are interested in any of these projects, feel free to contact us privately or post your questions to this thread. If you want to adopt a project, let us know so we can remove it from the list.
Below is his description of the files:
Last update: 04 January 2011
These projects come from my decades of observing, where I often started on a project and never completed it; or, where the observations can be used in a different way. While I claim "ownership" of the data, that is primarily just so that you know the origin and that you have my permission to use the data. I'll help where I can; if you want me to be lead author, or a co-author down the line, or just an acknowledgment, all are ok with me - I'm far more interested in seeing the science done than getting my name on another paper.
These projects are not always gems. They may not be well thought out, they may be superseded by other researchers over the years, etc. These descriptions were also written a couple of years ago, and we probably have additional data from AAVSOnet telescopes on many of these objects. You may have to be innovative in order to produce a publishable paper. However, you should have fun with this!
Remember, writing a science paper has been considered as a combination of fun and torture. Usually it involves 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. The normal breakdown is about 1/3 data collection and reduction, 1/3 background research, 1/3 writing and analysis.
Misc star project
Files can be found here: http://www.aavso.org/sites/default/files/arne_projects/