List of Bright Variable Stars

There are plenty of bright variables suitable for beginners. I’m listing here just a few. I recommend observing with naked eyes first, and when you gain some experience and confidence with the technique, you could pick fainter stars and use a binocular.

Here is a list with some of the bright variable stars that you can start observing.

Star RAh m DECdeg min Vmin Vmax Perioddays Type*
β Lyr 18
50
33
22
3.4 4.3 12.9 Ecl
η Aql 18
52
01
00
3.5 4.6 7.2 Cep
β Per 03
08
40
57
2.2 3.5 2.9 Ecl
δ Cep 22
29
58
25
3.6 4.5 5.4 Cep
ζ Gem 07
04
20
34
3.8 4.4 10.2 Cep
λ Tau 04
01
12
29
3.5 4.0 4.0 Ecl
R Lyr 18
55
43
57
3.9 5.0 46 Sr
γ Cas 00
57
60
43
1.6 3.0 N/A Ir

* Ecl – Eclipsing binaries, Cep – Cepheids, Sr – Semi-regular variables and Ir – Iregular variables.

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