Welcome to my
Variable Star Pages
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).
The current observations page will show my latest observations, outbursts detections and activity on variable stars.
Latest outbursts detected
December 1, 2016
ERILT 161201.459 154 outburst
HYIWX 161201.508 142 outburst
ORIV1159 161201.519 138 outburst
TUCVW 161201.510 156 outburst
November 28, 2016
CARV436 161128.521 143 outburst
CMAHL 161128.511 119 outburst
CMISV 161128.604 136 outburst
ERIAQ 161128.478 158 outburst
GEMUV 161128.602 145 outburst
HYIVW 161128.490 90 superoutburst
INDTU 161128.460 159 outburst
MENAD 161128.499 145 outburst
ORICN 161128.510 128 outburst
PSCAY 161128.472 147 outburst
PUPBX 161128.517 153 outburst
PUPCL 161128.519 143 outburst
PYXVZ 161128.619 130 outburst
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!
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!
Wolf-Rayet Star WR 53 – Added to the International Variable Star Index July 2015.
The discovery story of OQ Carinae.
My paper published on the first-ever standstill of OQ Carinae.
Eye on the sky
Amateur astronomers are making a unique contribution to science’s understanding of the universe, reports Marilyn Moore