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AAVSO Special Notice #240

Possible Nova in Scorpius

June 1, 2011: John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia) has identified a transient object on 3 images taken with a digital SLR camera. The coordinates are: RA 16 55 11 Dec -38 38 12 J2000 The discovery magnitude on June 1.40UT was 9.5 No object was seen on images taken the previous night, and no minor planet, comet or variable star is known at that position. He also does not see any DSS object at those coordinates. Confirmation of this object is requested. If you do see a new variable object at these coordinates, continue to monitor it; V-band time series would be useful at this early stage.

Arne

[Note, 2011 July 13: This object was assigned the name V1312 Sco on 2011 June 8 in IAUC 9216.  Please use the name "V1312 Sco" when submitting data.]

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