CBA Center for Backyard Astrophysics



Relevant Readings for Observers

a selection of articles we recommend concerning
cataclysmic variables and photometric observation

below you will find some articles written by members of the CBA,
the text for each of those articles is included in its entirety

  • White Dwarfs: The Once and Future Suns
    Virginia Trimble
    Sky and Telescope
    October 1986, Page 348

  • Taking the Pulse of White Dwarfs
    Edward Nather and Donald Winget
    Sky and Telescope
    April 1992, Page 374

  • The Amazing Eleven-Minute Binary
    Charles Bailyn
    Griffith Observer
    August 1988, Page 2

  • The Optical and X-Ray Outbursts of Aquila X-1
    Philip Charles
    Sky and Telescope
    March 1980, Page 188

  • A Field Guide to Close Binary Stars
    Virginia Trimble
    Sky and Telescope
    October 1984, Page 306

  • Visual Observing of Variable Stars
    Janet Mattei
    The Study of Variable Stars Using Small Telescopes
    John Percy, Editor
    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom
    1986, Page 11

  • High-Speed Photometry of Cataclysmic Variables
    Brian Warner and Edward Nather
    Sky and Telescope
    February 1972, Page 82

  • More High-Speed Photometry of Cataclysmic Variables
    Brian Warner
    Sky and Telescope
    November 1973, Page 298

  • Photoelectric Observing Programs and Observations
    Douglas Hall
    The Study of Variable Stars Using Small Telescopes
    John Percy, Editor
    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom
    1986, Page 63

  • Acquisition, Reduction and Standardization of Photoelectric Observations
    Edward Guinan, George McCook, and Joseph McMullin
    The Study of Variable Stars Using Small Telescopes
    John Percy, Editor
    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom
    1986, Page 79

  • Cataclysmic Variable Stars
    Ronald Webbink
    American Scientist
    May-June 1989, Page 248

  • Accretion Disks in Interacting Binary Stars
    John Cannizzo and Ronald Kaitchuck
    Scientific American
    January 1992, Page 92

  • Cataclysmic Variable Stars: Historical Development
    Cataclysmic Variable Stars
    Brian Warner
    Cambridge Press, United Kingdom
    1995, Page 1

  • Dwarf-Nova Outbursts
    Yoji Osaki
    Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    January 1996, Page 39

  • The Mysterious SU UMa Stars
    Philip Charles
    Sky and Telescope
    June 1990, Page 607

  • Stars That Go Hump in the Night: The SU UMa Stars
    Brian Warner
    Interacting Binaries
    Peter Eggleton and James Pringle, Editors
    NATO ASI Series
    1985, Page 367

  • Amateur Astronomers and Cataclysmic Variables
    Lasse Jensen, Gary Poyner, Paul Van Cauteren, and Tonny Vanmunster
    European Southern Messenger
    June 1995, Page 43

  • Running a Telescope with a Microcomputer
    David Skillman
    Sky and Telescope
    January 1981, Page 71

  • An Evening of CCD Astronomy
    David Skillman
    Sky and Telescope
    May 1993, Page 83

  • Photometry in the Digital Age
    Ronald Kaitchuck, Arne Henden, and Ryland Truax
    CCD Astronomy
    Fall 1994, Page 20

  • An Ideal CCD System for Photometry
    Lee Hawkins
    CCD Astronomy
    Spring 1996, Page 14

  • What Can You Really Get From Your CCD Camera?
    Paul Rybski
    CCD Astronomy
    Summer 1996, Page 17

  • What Can You Really Get From Your CCD Camera?: Part II
    Paul Rybski
    CCD Astronomy
    Fall 1996, Page 14

  • UBVRI Filters for CCD Photometry
    Michael Bessell
    CCD Astronomy
    Fall 1995, Page 20

  • The Signal-to-Noise Connection
    Michael Newberry
    CCD Astronomy
    Summer 1994, Page 34

  • The Signal-to-Noise Connection: Part II
    Michael Newberry
    CCD Astronomy
    Fall 1994, Page 12

  • Pursuing the Ideal Flat Field
    Michael Newberry
    CCD Astronomy
    Winter 1996, Page 18

  • Special Considerations for Flat Fielding
    Frederick Chromey
    CCD Astronomy
    Fall 1996, Page 18

  • Dark Frames
    Michael Newberry
    CCD Astronomy
    Summer 1995, Page 12