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Special Notice #420: OJ 287 very bright and Subscription reminder

September 13, 2016

OJ 287

S. Zola (Jagiellonian University) et al. (ATel #9489) report that the BL Lac object OJ 287 has emerged from conjunction optically very bright and increasing in brightness, according to their observations made at Mt. Suhora Observatory in August and September 2016.

Their observations and recent observations of this blazar in the AAVSO International Database include:

Alert Notice 550: Nova Sco 2016 No. 2 = PNV J17225112-3158349 = ASASSN-16kd

September 9, 2016:

Event: Nova in Scorpius

Discovered by:  
- Shigehisa Fujikawa (Kan'onji, Kagawa, Japan; reported to CBAT via M. Soma (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo))
- All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) (K. Z. Stanek et al., ATel #9469, published September 7; reported to CBAT via L. Chomiuk (Michigan State University))

Alert Notice 549: RX And Chandra observing campaign

September 1, 2016: Dr. Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) and colleagues have requested AAVSO coverage of the Z Cam dwarf nova RX And in support of Chandra X-ray observations to be carried out via a Target of Opportunity (TOO) triggering when the system is in a suitable outburst.

Alert Notice 548: AR Sco observing campaign

August 18, 2016: Dr. Thomas Marsh (University of Warwick) and colleagues have requested AAVSO coverage of the intriguing binary AR Sco in support of upcoming Newton-XMM observations.

The XMM observations of AR Sco have been scheduled for:
2016 September 10 15:41 - September 11 02:26 UT

Alert Notice 547: Nova Sgr 2016 No. 2 = ASASSN-16ig = TCP J18010780-2631434

August 11, 2016

Event: Nova in Sagittarius

Discovered by:  
- Koichi Nishiyama (Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan) (CBET 4295);
- All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) (K. Z. Stanek et al., ATel #9343)

Discovery magnitude:
- Nishiyama and Kabashima - 10.7 unfiltered CCD (2 frames using a 135-mm f/4 camera lens (+FLI 09000 camera))
- ASAS-SN - V~13.3

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Alert Notice 546: Campaign on V1687 Cyg (WR 140)

August 3, 2016: Dr. Noel Richardson (University of Toledo) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in optical monitoring of the bright, colliding-winds binary V1687 Cyg (WR 140, HD 193793) as part of their multi-wavelength campaign on this system.

Alert Notice 545: FO Aqr time-series observations requested

July 13, 2016: Dr. Colin Littlefield (University of Notre Dame) and colleagues Drs. Peter Garnavich (Notre Dame), Erin Aadland (Minnesota State), and Mark Kennedy (University College Cork) have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the intermediate polar cataclysmic variable FO Aqr beginning immediately.

Dr. Littlefield, who with his colleagues recently published ATel #9216 and #9225, writes:

Alert Notice 544: Nova Scorpii 2016 = PNV J17381927-3725077

June 13, 2016

Event: Nova in Scorpius

Discovered by: Hideo Nishimura (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan) (reported by S. Nakano, Sumoto, Japan, via CBET 4285)

Discovery magnitude: 12.4 unfiltered CCD on three 10-s CCD frames, using a 200-mm-f.l. f/3.2 lens with a Canon EOS 5D digital camera

Discovery date: 2016 June 10.629 UT
Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 17 38 19.31  Dec. -37 25 08.7   (from VSX)


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