An interesting side project being done by the CBA is to monitor the behavour of certain CV’s prior to the HST observing them. An outburst could casue damage to the sensitive detectors on the space telescope.
The current target V485 Cen has proven why such programs, even though not producing data themselves are important. This star had such an outburst just prior to being observed, and was cought by one of the CBA members. As it happened the star will probably still be observable but it shows how amatures can contribute to astronomy in many ways.