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
July 1,2, 2017
AQLV1047 170701.651 153 outburst
CENV442 170702.447 136 outburst
CRABP 170702.463 140 outburst
HYIWX 170701.662 122 outburst
LUPBR 170701.638 154 outburst
OCTBE 170701.665 154 outburst
PAVGS 170702.465 149 outburst
SCOV478 170701.371 148 outburst
SERUZ 170701.654 128 outburst
SGRV729 170702.469 144 outburst
TUCVW 170701.666 154 outburst
VELCU 170702.421 103 outburst
CTCV J1940-4724 170701.392 154 precurser?
CTCV J1940-4724 170701.689 <165
CTCV J1940-4724 170702.417 136 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