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Alert Notice 606: Observing campaign on nova in Vela - ASASSN-17mt

November 17, 2017

Event: Nova in Vela (ASASSN-17mt) and associated observing campaign

Discovered by: ASAS-SN (K. Z. Stanek (Ohio State University) et al.; ATel #10772)

Discovery magnitude: V=11.3, using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Cassius" telescope at CTIO, Chile

Discovery date: 2017 September 24.39 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 08 50 29.62   Decl. -47 45 28.3 (from VSX)

Alert Notice 605: Nova in Ophiuchus - PNV J17184504-2454221

November 14, 2017

Event: Nova in Ophiuchus

Discovered by: Shizuo Kaneko (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: magnitude 9.4 (CCD, unfiltered, using using Canon 6D digital camera + f/3.2 200-mm lens)

Alert Notice 604: CI Aql observations must be reported by 14:45 UT 2017 November 1

October 31, 2017: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 603, your positive observations of CI Aql, which will be used to determine whether the HST observation of CI Aql will take place, must be submitted to the AAVSO International Database by 14:45 UT (10:45 am EDT) on Wednesday, 2017 November 1. Without these positive ground-based observations reported by this time (and showing CI Aql not in outburst), the HST observation will not take place.

Alert Notice 602: CE Tau Observations Requested to Supplement BRITE-Constellation

October 17, 2017BRITE-Constellation (http://www.brite-constellation.at), a network of nano-satellites, is currently taking photometric observations of  the Taurus field (full target list and field specifications given http://brite.craq-astro.ca/doku.php?id=taui).  Within this field is CE Tau, a red supergiant with significant (0.5 mag) variations over timescales of months. Dr.

Alert Notice 601: V902 Mon observations needed to support XMM-Newton observation

October 10, 2017: Dr. Hauke Wörpel (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)) has requested AAVSO assistance in obtaining observations of the eclipsing intermediate polar (IP) candidate V902 Mon in support of an XMM-Newton observation scheduled for 2017 October 14, 14:42 UT (duration 43,000s).

Alert Notice 600: Dates for R Aqr Chandra and HST observations

October 1, 2017 : Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 589, the likely windows for the Chandra and HST observations of the symbiotic variable R Aqr have been set as follow:

Chandra: 2017 October 11 - October 15
HST: 2017 October 13

Alert Notice 599: CI Aql monitoring needed in support of HST observations

October 1, 2017 : Dr. Edward Sion (Villanova University) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the recurrent nova CI Aql in support of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph scheduled for October 30 - November 6, 2017. These observations are part of a study on short orbital period recurrent novae as Supernovae Type Ia progenitors.

Alert Notice 598: Intermediate polar FO Aqr fading and photometry needed now

September 6, 2017:  Dr. Colin Littlefield (University of Notre Dame) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the intermediate polar cataclysmic variable FO Aqr beginning immediately. This campaign is similar to the one on FO Aqr requested by Dr. Littlefield and colleagues in July 2016 (AAVSO Alert Notice 545).

Alert Notice 597: GW Lib time set for third HST observation

September 6, 2017: Further to AAVSO Alert Notices 591, 595, and 596, Dr. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University) informs us that the date and time for the third and final of three HST observations in his campaign on the pulsating white dwarf-containing cataclysmic variable GW Lib has been scheduled for

2017 Sep 13 23:52:02 to Sep 14 04:30:12 UT.

Alert Notice 596: GW Lib time set for second HST observation

August 31, 2017: Further to AAVSO Alert Notices 591 and 595, Dr. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University) informs us that the date and time for the second of three HST observations in his campaign on the pulsating white dwarf-containing cataclysmic variable GW Lib has been scheduled for

2017 Sep 6 22:36:04 to Sep 7 02:49:26 UT.

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