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Alert Notice 635: Monitoring of SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 requested

May 25, 2018: Dr. Thomas Kupfer (University of California, Santa Barbara) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the rare AMCVn binary SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 during its current WZ Sge-like outburst, the first outburst detected for this system.

The outburst was detected by Tadashi Kojima (Gunma-ken, Japan) on 2018 May 19.514 UT with a magnitude 12.6 V  +/- 0.2. At minimum brightness 19.7 CV, SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 brightened by over 6 magnitudes, reaching a peak brightness of 12.5-12.6 V.

Alert Notice 634: Nightly monitoring requested for V1280 Sco = N Sco 2007

May 11, 2018 : Dr. Frederick Walter (Stony Brook University) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring V1280 Sco (Nova Sco 2007).

After it appeared as a nova in February 2007 (AAVSO Alert Notice 346), V1280 Sco reached visual magnitude ~3.8 (several observers), then faded to about 13.2, brightened to about 12.7, and underwent a dust dip in June 2007 to <15.6 V (P. Nelson). It recovered to about 10.3 by about a year later.

Alert Notice 633: Nova outburst of V392 Per = TCP J04432130+4721280

April 30, 2018:

Event: Nova in Perseus - V392 Per = TCP J04432130+4721280

Discovered by: Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan; via CBET 4515)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 6.2 (using a 135mm f4.0 lens; via CBET 4515)

Discovery date: 2018 April 29.474 UT (via CBET 4515)

Alert Notice 632: Fast photometry of symbiotic candidates requested

April 25, 2018: Dr. Jeno Sokoloski (Columbia University) and Mx. Adrian Lucy (graduate student, Columbia University) have requested AAVSO observations in support of a search underway by Mx. Lucy for symbiotic stars.

Alert Notice 631: Coverage requested for current outburst of AG Dra

April 24, 2018: Drs. Jaroslav Merc and Rudolf Gális (both of the Pavel Jozef Šafárik University (Slovakia)), on behalf of their scientific team, have requested AAVSO assistance in observing the symbiotic variable AG Dra as a follow-up to spectroscopic observations and in order to monitor the system in its current outburst, which began in early April.

Alert Notice 630: Coverage needed TONIGHT for ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070

April 11, 2018: Dr. Gregory Sivakoff (University of Alberta), on behalf of a large number of collaborators, has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the outbursting black hole X-ray binary ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070 in support of a multiwavelength "blitz" campaign taking place tonight and into tomorrow.

Alert Notice 628: HST observations scheduled for SDSS J153817.35+512338.0

March 29, 2018: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 618, Anna Pala (Ph.D. candidate, University of Warwick) informs us that the date and time of the HST observations planned for the faint polar cataclysmic variable SDSS J153817.35+512338.0 have been set for

2018 April 6 17:33:26 - 21:33:19 UT

Alert Notice 627: Nova in Canis Major - N CMa 2018 = TCP J07134590-2112330

March 26, 2018

Event: Nova in Canis Major - Nova CMa 2018 = TCP J07134590-2112330

Discovered by: Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan) (reported to CBAT by M. Soma, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Discovery magnitude: CCD magnitude 12.0, using a 10-cm f/3 reflector

Discovery date: 2018 March 24.496 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 07 13 45.84  Decl. -21 12 31.3  (from VSX)

Alert Notice 626: Bright nova in Carina - ASASSN-18fv

March 21, 2018

Event: Nova in Carina - ASASSN-18fv

Discovered by: All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN)

Discovery magnitude: brighter than magnitude 10 V (image was saturated)

Discovery date: 2018 March 20.32 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 10 36 13.71  Decl. -59 35 55.1  (from VSX)

Alert Notice 625: ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070 coverage needed for VLT and XMM

March 21, 2018: Dr. Tom Maccarone (Texas Tech University) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the outbursting black hole X-ray binary ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070 in support of VLT and XMM observations scheduled for:

2018 22 March 08-09:30 UT  and  29 March 08-09:30 UT

V time series are requested, with as short a cadence as possible (ideally, a time resolution of 0.1 second or better).

Please see AAVSO Alert Notice 624 for more information about this object.

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