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Nova Aquilae 2020 No. 2

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Nova Aquilae 2020 No. 2

We have another northern hemisphere nova to observe!

Patrick Schmeer reports on the BAA VSS Alert email list:

Discovered by Palomar Gattini-IR collaboration (PGIR) Coordinates (J2000.0): R.A. 19 14 26.27 Decl. +14 44 40.1

Mag J = 13.3, r 15.2

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Further spectroscopy and multiband photometry are encouraged.

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N Aql 2020 No. 2 chart

A chart and sequence are now available at the AAVSO website.

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Superposition difficulty

I was not able to resolve the nova from its adjacent star in images taken overnight with the T18 scope in defocus mode for photometry. Not sure how to proceed. Stewart

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N Aql 2020 No. 2

Has anybody seen this nova or taken a picture?

It must be very faint?

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N Aql 2020 No. 2

I measured it this morning from an image taken by COAST last night at 17.48V.  I had it peaking on Sep 04 at 15.4V.

There are a quite a few bright observations in the AAVSO DB - visual 13.0-14.0 and CV 14.0-15.5.  I'm sure the visual observations are mis-identification.  I certainly can't see it visually in my 51cm. 

I wrote a news article on the Nova in the September VSS Circular, which included a V-band image.   You can read it here.

Gary

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N Aql 2020 No. 2

Thank you.  I found a picture of it on the web. It is out of reach from here.

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Image tonight

Here's an image tonight in pretty good seeing (FWHM = 2.4 arcsec). It is in a very crowded field and, as Gary says, now it has faded it is difficult to separate from the star just to the west.

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image tonight

Fine image.

My suburban skies would never allow me to see mag 16 or 17, I'm afraid.