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RODFBThe 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

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

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

8 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.

    • 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!

  2. Diogo Pedro says:

    Congratulations on your 200,000 visual observation milestone.
    Absolutely fantastic!

    Cheers from Portugal

  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

    • 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.

  4. Jeff Spierings says:

    Rod these pictures are amazing, Love to catch up some time and take a look out there. Jeff

  5. Coralie Knight says:

    Sensational website Rod! Well done!

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