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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

January 21, 2017
CENNN          170121.599   151  outburst
CENV342        170121.602   160  outburst
CENV373        170121.607   138  outburst
CENV485        170121.627   150  outburst
CMADM          170121.481   148 outburst
CMIAQ          170121.491   148  outburst
HYAAG          170121.624   154  outburst
HYACT          170121.614   142  outburst
HYAV392        170121.609   147  outburst
HYAV495        170121.615   139  outburst
LEOX           170121.619   128  outburst
LUPBR          170121.681   140  outburst
NORHP          170121.666   140  outburst
OCTDT          170121.527   147  outburst
ORIBI          170121.477   143  outburst
ORICZ          170121.494   122  outburst
PUPUY          170121.485   137  outburst
PUPBV          170121.504   132  outburst
PUPCL          170121.505   149  outburst
SCOV893        170121.696   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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