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
April 16, 18, 2017
APSAG 170418.469 165 outburst
CENBV 170418.437 121 outburst
CENV342 170418.385 151 outburst
CENV442 170418.380 128 outburst
CENV485 170418.446 161 outburst
CENV803 170418.436 138 outburst
CRTTT 170418.417 140 outburst
GEMUV 170418.394 152 outburst
HYIWX 170418.388 134 outburst
LEOX 170418.412 128 outburst
ORICZ 170418.399 124 outburst
PUPBX 170418.477 144 outburst
PUPCL 170418.478 142 outburst
SCOV478 170416.587 151 outburst
SGRV1830 170416.594 128 outburst
TUCVW 170416.380 164 outburst
VIRTW 170418.417 118 outburst
ASASSN-14dw 170416.383 154 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