Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:08 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:05 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:39 AM
It has reached magnitude 9 and somewhat fainter. The faintest observations in decades.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:47 AM
R SCT-type variables are not known for replicating their lightcurves cycle-to-cycle like MIRA-type variables do. Most minima of R Sct are fairly modest and one can never really anticipate just when the next very deep minimum is likely to occur. In fact, R Sct occasionally even displays periods of near inactivity, where little in the way on any clear cyclic pattern has been evident at all!
Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:51 AM
I agree the minima are often but never seems to reach that faint as this one.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:20 AM
Unfortunately, being a very bright and easily located variable, R Scuti is heavily observed by newbies and rather poor observers, often leading to distortion in its overall lightcurve.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:31 AM
I can't argue that R Sct is indeed a star followed by many newbie's. It's also on the starters program from the Belgian workgroup variable stars.
I go along with your conclusion.