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
May 22, 2017
MENAD 170522.410 153 outburst
NORAB 170522.426 147 outburst
May 21, 2017
APSAG 170521.634 158 outburst
AQLFO 170521.640 150 outburst
AQLPQ 170521.642 154 outburst
CMADM 170521.375 147 outburst
HYACT 170521.378 144 outburst
HYIVW 170521.403 92 outburst
INDTU 170521.603 143 outburst
MONCW 170521.370 137 outburst
NORHP 170521.426 135 outburst
OCTBE 170521.637 166 outburst
PAVGS 170521.600 148 outburst
VOLSY 170521.415 165 outburst
ASASSN-14fm 170521.588 152 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