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RODFB

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).

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

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Symbiotic Eclipsing Star

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS

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

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!

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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!

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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.

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Top Visual Observers
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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.

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    • 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!

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  2. Diogo Pedro says:

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

    Cheers from Portugal

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  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,
    Gary

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    • 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!
      Cheers,
      Rod.

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  4. Coralie Knight says:

    Sensational website Rod! Well done!

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