The year 2011 is the 100th Anniversary of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. The commemorative poster shows the top visual observers from the last 100 years.
I am an Amateur Astronomer who observes variable stars. My first observation on a variable star was in May 1993. On June 8, 2002, my 9th year of observing, I recorded 100,000 visual observations of variable stars being the first Australian observer to do so. On January 24, 2012, I made my 200,000th variable star observation which was achieved in 18 years and 8 months. I believe only the seventh person in the world to reach this milestone. October 9, 2015, my 250,000th visual variable star observation was recorded! This has taken 22 years and 10 months. Just five other observers worldwide have made over 250,000 observations of variable stars which are, Albert Jones (New Zealand), Dannie Overbeek (South Africa), Hiroaki Narumi, Taichi Kato (Japan) and Gary Poyner (England). October 6, 2018, a special observation was made on the star AR Pav which was my 300,000th visual variable star observation. Officially the fourth person to reach 300K in variable star astronomy. This milestone has been achieved in 25 years and 5 months with an annual average of 11,800 observations per year which exceeds that of my predecessors, Albert Jones (New Zealand), Hiroaki Narumi and Taichi Kato (Japan).