Roger Pickard (BAAVSS
I've already given a short history of my start to variable star observing in
VSSC 101 for September 1999.
Although I started VS observing in 1967 variables did not dominate my
schedule immediately as I was still a keen planetary observer then. However,
when I married in 1970 we moved down into Kent (From what was NW Kent but is
now SE London) and although the skies were much darker the seeing was not so
good for the planets. The reason for this was that we lived in the Medway
Valley and had to look through much murk. However, the transparency was
often good and so variables started to dominate the observing schedule.
This continued into the 1980s when I commenced my photoelectric photometry
experiments when I was doing a bit of both but gradually, less visual
In VSSC 101 I also wrote that I was experimenting (with help from Richard
Miles) with CCD photometry. Who would have thought that this now completely
dominates my observing and that I now do precious little visual work; just
the occasional binocular observation. And since being President of the
Association as well there has even been less time to monitor many of my
favourites and so I've concentrated on those objects I can perform
It'll be nice to have more time to observe and analyse my results.