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Alert Notice 699: V386 Ser HST observing schedule revised

Note: The HST observations of V386 Ser will take place Friday, 2020 February 28. Positive observations are CRITICAL for the nights of Feb 26-27 and 27-28. Please report observations immediately. - Elizabeth O. Waagen, 2020 February 26

February 14, 2020

AAVSO Forum threads (scroll to the bottom of a thread for latest posts):
- Campaigns and Observation Reports: https://www.aavso.org/v386-ser-campaign-2020
- Cataclysmic Variables: https://www.aavso.org/v386-ser-campaign-2020-01

Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 698, Dr. Paula Szkody (University of Washington) informs us that the HST observations of the cataclysmic variable V386 Ser have been rescheduled to 2020 February 24-27 UT.

Nightly snapshots are requested beginning now and continuing through February 28. Intensive monitoring is requested February 21-28; this period of intensive monitoring may be adjusted when the exact time of the HST observations is known (notification will be via the AAVSO forum threads on this campaign (see above) and this Alert Notice will be updated online - please monitor these sources).

Dr. Szkody will be reporting the magnitude/status of V396 Ser to the HST scheduling team each day, so prompt submission of observations is essential. Particularly during February 21-27, prompt submission will be critical.

AAVSO observations are essential to know the state of the V386 Ser system in order to ensure that the system is NOT in outburst when observed with HST. AAVSO observations made 24 hours before the HST observing time will be used to make a go/no-go decision; AAVSO data will be used in the analysis of the resulting HST data.

V386 Ser (UGWZ+ZZ/GWLIB = WZ Sge type with a non-radially pulsating white dwarf) is faint at quiescence (V~19.2). It had an outburst in January 2019, and on 2020 Feb 14.4096 UT it was CV=18.218 +-0.070 (M. Heald, Las Cruces, NM). There is a V=17.757 star to the NW of the variable (178 in the AAVSO comparison star sequence; R.A. 16 10 33.15 Dec. -01 02 14.2); knowing whether the variable is fainter than, comparable to, or brighter than it will be very useful.

If visual observers are unable to detect V836 Ser, please report any "fainter-than" estimates using the magnitude of the faintest comparison star magnitude seen. CCD observers are asked to use filters during observations if available; V is preferred. Detection of the variable itself is not required unless you can reach V=18.4 in reasonable time, but please use sufficient exposure to detect at least the 178 comparison star with a S/N of 10 and report the observation as a "fainter-than" observation. V386 Ser may be as bright as V=10.4 in outburst.

Coordinates (J2000): R.A. 16 10 33.63  Dec. -01 02 23.2

Charts with comparison stars for V386 Ser may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (VSP).

Please report all observations to the AAVSO International Database using the name V386 SER.

V386 Ser has been the subject of previous AAVSO observing campaigns, with the most recent campaign having been covered in AAVSO Alert Notices 667, 669, 675, and 698.

This Alert Notice was compiled by Elizabeth O. Waagen.
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