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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).

AR Pav

Eclipsing Symbiotic Star AR Pav

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

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS

Latest outbursts detected

April/May, 2016
APSAG          160430.440   154  outburst
CMAHL          160430.406   114  outburst
CRABP          160501.577   144  outburst
HYAGY          160430.435   142  outburst
HYAGY          160501.429   156  faded
HYAGY          160502.414   142  outburst again
HYAGY          160502.462   156  eclipse!!
HYAGY          160502.510   152  eclipse!!!
HYAV392        160430.587   150  outburst
LEOX           160502.394   134  outburst
LUPBR          160501.533   148  outburst
PUPBX          160430.413   146  outburst
SERUZ          160430.600   128  outburst
SGRV730        160430.599   150  outburst
TUCVW          160430.381   154  outburst
April 26, 2016
APSAG          160426.381   164 outburst
CENV342        160426.367   156  outburst
CHAZ           160426.419   126  outburst
CMISV          160426.394   144   outburst
HYACT          160426.399   148  outburst
NORHP          160426.442   134  outburst
PICAR          160426.450   152  outburst
PUPBV          160426.435   144  outburst
PUPCL          160426.435   149  outburst
PYXVZ          160426.546   122  outburst

Discovery of an “Eclipse” in the WC9d-Type 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

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

Eye on the sky 

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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