Constellation: Virgo
Right Ascension: 12h 25m 14.3952s
Declination: +00° 46′ 10.9467″
Distance: 2,300 ly
Apparent Magnitude: 9.5 - 7.4
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SS Vir is a Mira class variable star with a period of 361 days. It is also classified as a carbon star . Carbon stars are red giants that contain an excess of carbon in their upper layers forming sooty layer, scattering the blue/green light, giving them a deep reddish color.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM
Constellation: Cetus
Right Ascension: 02h 19m 20.79210s
Declination: –02° 58′ 39.4956″
Distance: 300 ly
Apparent Magnitude: 2.0 - 10.1
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Mira or Omicron Ceti is a red giant star in Cetus. Prototype for a class of red giant variable stars that pulsate over periods of 100 to 1,000 days. Mira itself pulsates over 331.65 days going from a magnitude 2.0 down to 10.1. The star also undergoes a helium flash period about every 10,000 years. A white dwarf also is in orbit around Mira at 70 AU, and material lost from Mira is accreated by the white dwarf. Not massive enough to end in a black hole, it will eventually lose its out shells and become a white dwarf itself. As it plows through space, the mass lost forms a comet like tail and shock wave bubble in its direction of travel.

Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
Camera: ZWO A071 Color
Constellation: Perseus
Right Ascension: 03h 08m 10.13245s
Declination: +40° 57′ 20.3280″
Distance: 90 ly
Apparent Magnitude: 2.12 - 3.39
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Algol, Beta Persei, sometimes known as the Demon Star was one of the first noticed variable stars, dipping from mag 2.1 to 3.4 every 2 days, 20 hours and 48.8 minutes when a dimmer companion passes in front of it from our viewpoint. Probably noticed by ancient astronomers. It is a multi star system with at least 3 stars in the system. Primary star Beta Persei A is of type B8V, one of the spectroscopic stars B is an orange sub giant of type KOIV, and C is type A7m. The A and B stars are only 0.062 AU apart, while C orbits the pair at 2.69 AU.

7.3 million years ago, Algol came within 9.8 light years of our solar system, it would have shined in the night sky a magnitude brighter than Sirius does today.

It has a very dark reputation in ancient history as a star of death and misfortune.

Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
Camera: ZWO A071 Color
Constellation: Aquarius
Right Ascension: 22h 38m 33.73s
Declination: –15° 17′ 57.3″
Distance: 11.1 ly
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EZ Aqr is a triple red dwarf system 11 light years away. Star "C" of the triplet orbits every 3.8 days, the other one "B" has a 823 day period.
All three of the stars have an estimated mass of a tenth of our Sun. No planetary companions have been found as of yet.

Image from 2005 showing its proper motion through the sky.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM
Constellation: Andromeda
Right Ascension: 23h 41m 55.0361s
Declination: +44° 10′ 38.825″
Distance: 10.3 ly
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Ross 248 or HH Andromedae is a red dwarf star currently located in Andromeda. At a distance of 103 light years, it is one of the closer stars. In about 33,000 years it will actually be the closest star for about 9,000 years as it comes with in 3 light years before continuing on. Despite its closeness, it shines only at a magnitude 12.3, so its not visible with out a telescope. As like many red dwarf stars, its also a flare star. No unseen companions have been detected around it so far.

As a closer star, some movement is visible in images taken years apart. This animation shows the movement over a 5 year period.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM
Constellation: Aquarius
Right Ascension: 23h 06m 29.283s
Declination: −05° 02′ 28.59″
Distance: 39 ly
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Trappist 1 is an ultra cool red dwarf star currently located in Aquarius. It is slightly larger than Jupiter, but with a mass of over 80 times that of of Jupiter. Three planets were discovered around it in 2015, with 4 more added in 2017. The star is a dim 18.9 magnitude, despite its closeness.

Images taken two years apart indicate it's proper motion across the sky.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM