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
March 30, 2015
ARABF 150330.704 138 Stu.RASNZ outburst
SCOV893 150330.698 128 Stu.RASNZ outburst
March 29, 2015
HYIWX 150329.439 130 outburst
NORHP 150329.501 136 outburst
ORICN 150329.443 138 outburst
VIRHS 150329.478 144 outburst
Simostronomy: Rod Stubbings – Patience, Persistence and Purpose – The discovery story of OQ Carinae.
OQ Carinae : A New Southern Z Cam Type Dwarf Nova
Amateur astronomers are making a unique contribution to science’s understanding of the universe, reports Marilyn Moore