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Alert Notice 498: Nova Cephei 2014 = TCP J20542386+6017077

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March 10, 2014:

Event: Nova Cephei 2014 = TCP J20542386+6017077

Discovered by: Koichi Nishiyama (Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 11.7, using a 105-mm f/4 camera lens + SBIG STL6303E camera

Discovery date: 2014 Mar. 8.792 UT

Coordinates: R.A. 20 54 23.75  Dec. +60 17 06.9 (2000.0)
Coordinates from Seiichiro Kiyota (Kamagaya, Japan) from his image taken Mar. 9.244 UT remotely using an iTelescope 0.15-m f/7.3 refractor near Nerpio, Spain

Spectra: Low-resolution spectra obtained by U. Munari (INAF Astronomical Observatory of Padova) and A. Milani, P. Valisa, F. Castellani, and R. Belligoli (ANS Collaboration) on 2014 Mar. 9.792 indicate Nova Cep 2014 is a highly reddened Fe II-type classical nova near maximum. Spectroscopy details may be found in CBET 3825 (see Note a below).

Observing recommendations: Observations of all types (visual, CCD, DSLR, spectroscopy) are strongly encouraged in following the evolution of this nova.

Charts: Charts for Nova Cep 2014 may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (VSP) at

Observations reported to the AAVSO:
2014 Mar. 3.8405 UT, <13.9 unfiltered (Nishiyama and Kabashima, CBET 3825);
7.781, 12.9 unfiltered (Nishiyama and Kabashima, pre-discovery, CBET 3825);
8.92169, 11.906 V +/-0.004 (OAR, A. Oksanen, Hankasalmi Observatory, Finland, from 262 V obs obtained Mar 8-9);
8.94712, 11.873 V +/-0.004 (Oksanen);
9.01959, 11.872 V +/-0.006 (Oksanen);
9.02872, 11.858 V +/-0.005 (Oksanen);
9.07278, 11.773 V +/-0.007 (Oksanen);
9.12137, 11.644 V +/-0.007 (Oksanen);
9.16103, 11.549 V +/-0.012 (Oksanen);
9.16170, 11.500 V +/-0.014 (Oksanen);
9.199, 11.5 (SPK, P. Schmeer, Bischmisheim, Germany);
9.244, 12.65 B (KSI, S. Kiyota, Kamagaya, Japan, remotely as above, CBET 3825);
9.244, 11.62 V (Kiyota);
9.244, 10.76 Rc (Kiyota);
9.244, 10.02 Ic (Kiyota);
9.78190, 11.7 (KWO, W. Kriebel, Schierling/Walkenstetten, Germany);
9.92580, 11.625 V +/-0.006 (OAR, A. Oksanen, from 187 V obs obtained Mar 9-10);
9.98400, 11.682 V +/-0.005 (Oksanen);
10.03887, 11.751 V +/-0.016 (Oksanen);
10.09436, 11.813 V +/-0.007 (Oksanen);
10.12750, 11.857 V +/-0.011 (Oksanen);
10.14278, 11.853 V +/-0.010 (Oksanen);
10.49800, 11.68 V +/-0.02 (OCN, S. O'Connor, St. George's, Bermuda, remotely using iTelescope 21, Mayhill, NM);

Submit observations: Please submit observations to the AAVSO International Database using the name NOVA CEP 2014. Once a GCVS name has been assigned, please use that name.

a. Announced on IAU CBAT Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 3825 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.).

b. The object was designated TCP J20542386+6017077 when it was posted on the Central Bureau's TOCP webpage (

c. Confirmed by Nishiyama and Kabashima on five 5-second unfiltered CCD frames taken Mar. 8.7987 UT.

d. Images:
S. Kiyota (Kamagaya, Japan, remotely as above), 2014 Mar. 9.244 UT:

e. Position end figures:
- Nishiyama and Kabashima, 2014 Mar. 8.792 UT, 23.86s, 07.7"
- A. Oksanen (Hankasalmi Obs., Finland), 2014 Mar. 8.922, 22.60s, 08.9"

Congratulations to Koichi Nishiyama and Fujio Kabashima on their latest discovery!

This AAVSO Alert Notice was prepared by Elizabeth O. Waagen.


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