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
February 5, 2016
CMADM 160205.662 148 outburst
HYIWX 160205.483 125 outburst
MENAD 160205.533 148 outburst
ORICN 160205.492 129 outburst
ORIV1159 160205.490 144 outburst
PAVGS 160205.749 149 outburst
SCOV478 160205.744 148 outburst
February 4, 2016
CENV803 160204.560 150 outburst
CHAST 160204.519 140 outburst
CNCGZ 160204.587 138 outburst
GEMU 160204.582 98 outburst
LEORZ 160204.566 132 outburst
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.
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.
Amateur astronomers are making a unique contribution to science’s understanding of the universe, reports Marilyn Moore