Welcome to my

Variable Star Pages


22″ Telescope “Infinity”

The science of Astronomy is unique. A great deal of astronomical research depends on the work of highly skilled amateur astronomers that provide a pivotal role in the constant monitoring  of variable stars.

I observe and monitor variable stars particularly the cataclysmic (explosive ) variable stars (CVs) for outbursts. Recorded observations are then sent to various variable star organizations which include, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), the research section of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, Variable Stars South (VSS) and the Variable Star Network (VSNET) a global professional-amateur network of researches in variable stars. 

These pages tell my story, show a selection of light curves, links to articles, dramatic events, transient objects and cataclysmic variables (CVs).

AR Pav

Eclipsing Symbiotic Star AR Pav

The current observations page will show my latest observations, outbursts detections and activity on variable stars.


Latest outbursts detected

October 24,  2016
HYIWX          161024.483   116  superoutburst
HYIVW          161024.517    90  outburst
INDTU          161024.498   144  outburst
SCOV478        161024.427   151  outburst
SGRV730        161024.449   143  outburst
TRAFL          161024.485   153  outburst

UY Puppis – A New Anomalous Z Cam Type Dwarf Nova

My paper was published October 2016 with Mike Simonsen on UY Puppis – A New Anomalous Z Cam Type Dwarf Nova. UY Pup is now one of only four known anomalous Z Cam stars!


Wolf-Rayet Star, WR 53

My paper published on the discovery of the first ever recorded eclipse in the Wolf-Rayet star WR 53. After 5 years of constant monitoring we now have a new variable star!

WR 53 2

Wolf-Rayet Star WR 53     – Added to the International Variable Star Index July 2015.

Simostronomy: Rod Stubbings – Patience, Persistence and Purpose

The discovery story of OQ Carinae.

OQ Carinae : A New Southern Z Cam Type Dwarf Nova

My paper published on the first-ever standstill of OQ Carinae.

Top Visual Observers

Eye on the sky 
Amateur astronomers are making a unique contribution to science’s understanding of the universe, reports Marilyn Moore

Photo Chris Morley

7 Responses to Home

  1. G’day Rod!
    I have now decided to add WW Cet to my programme. I like the ‘southern challenge’ and currently do a few stars in Puppis and southern CMa.


    • Hi Michael,
      WW Cet used to have outbursts up to 10.9 but have not seen it this bright for many years now. There are plenty of variables in the Southern sky’s to look at but not many active observers so keep up with the challenge!


  2. Diogo Pedro says:

    Congratulations on your 200,000 visual observation milestone.
    Absolutely fantastic!

    Cheers from Portugal


  3. Gary Poyner says:

    Hi Rod,

    Very nice website. I’ve just added a link to it from my own.

    WW Cet is interesting. -11d too low for me though. Bang in the middle of the ‘orange glow’ from Birmingham city centre. Too bad.

    Clear skies,


    • Thanks Gary. I haven’t added a links page on my site yet, but when I do your site will be on there.
      Yes, it will be interesting to see how WW Cet behaves for the rest of the 2010 season!


  4. Coralie Knight says:

    Sensational website Rod! Well done!


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