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Naked-eye Galaxy Nova (AAVSO Alert Notice 711)

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:09 pm
by hhzhang
Apparently bright milky way nova visible to naked eye is relatively rare.

If you have access to pitch dark skies, you may still be able to capture the fading nova with your own eyes.

-------------Copied from AAVSO Alert-------------------------------
AAVSO Alert Notice 711
Nova in Reticulum: MGAB-V207 = N Ret 2020
July 16, 2020

AAVSO Forum threads (scroll to the bottom of a thread for latest posts):
- Time Sensitive Alerts: ... eticulum-1
- Novae: ... eticulum-0
- Cataclysmic Variables: ... -reticulum

Please subscribe to these threads if you are observing this nova so you can be updated as to its behavior and any observing campaigns on it. Join in the discussion or ask questions there!

Event: Nova in Reticulum: MGAB-V207 = N Ret 2020

Discovered by: Robert H. McNaught (Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia) (via CBET 4811)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 5 (using Canon 6D camera and 8-mm f/2.8 lens) (via CBET 4811)

Discovery date: 2020 July 15.590 UT (via CBET 4811)

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 03 58 29.55 Decl. -54 46 41.2 (from VSX page for MGAB-V207)

Observations reported to the AAVSO:
2020 Jul. 02.183 UT, 16.56 g (ASAS-SN Sky Patrol, via P. Schmeer, Saarbruecken-Bischmisheim, Germany);
02.186, 16.33 g (ASAS-SN, via Schmeer);
04.189, 15.51 g (ASAS-SN, via Schmeer);
15.590, 5 CCD unfiltered (R. McNaught, discovery, via CBET 4811);
15.59, 5.3 (McNaught, via CBET 4811)
15.93125, 4.5 (A. Pearce, Nedlands, WA, Australia);
16.18264, 4.7 (C. da Silva, Luminarias, Brazil);
16.22917, 4.8 (L. Araujo, Pelotas, Brazil);
16.30000, 4.8 (P. Reis Fernandes, Brasilia, Brazil);
16.30903, 5.2 (R. Pereira, Santa Maria, Brazil);
16.32292, 5.0 (J. De Souza Aguiar, Campinas, Brazil);

Re: Naked-eye Galaxy Nova (AAVSO Alert Notice 711)

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:01 pm
by hhzhang
This early morning ~6AM caught a glimpse of this galaxy nova. Through binocular it looked just shy of the brightness of a nearby mag6.0 star. CCD photometry gave an estimate of mag 6.3.