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AAVSO Alert Notice

Alert Notice 645: Monitoring of LPVs for Maser Study

Note: This campaign has been extended to October 2020 and the list of targets has been revised. Please see AAVSO Alert Notice 687 for details. - Elizabeth O. Waagen, December 4, 2019

July 31, 2018: Michael Stroh (Ph.D. candidate, University of New Mexico) requests AAVSO assistance in monitoring 19 LPVs in support of a VLA campaign studying SiO masers. AAVSO monitoring begins now and goes through October 2019.

Alert Notice 644: FO Aqr monitoring requested in faint-state study

Note: As of June 2020, the REQUESTED OBSERVING CADENCE IS CHANGED. Please obtain at least one long light curve (time series) per month per observer while FO Aqr is in its high state. This cadence will help to enable keeping track of the rapidly changing spin period.  The cadence should be higher if FO Aqr goes into its low state.  -  Elizabeth O. Waagen, 21 June 2020

Alert Notice 643: Monitoring for Red Dots #2 campaign

July 25, 2018: John Strachan (Ph.D. candidate, Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escude (Queen Mary University of London) have requested AAVSO assistance in the monitoring of three M dwarf stars as part of the Red Dots #2 campaign.

Alert Notice 642: ASASSN-18pe observing campaign

July 24, 2018: Dr. Matt Darnley (Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University) and the AAVSO are requesting monitoring of ASASSN-18pe, the cataclysmic variable (possible long period dwarf nova) discovered 2018 July 10 by the ASAS-SN program (J. Strader et al. ATel #11867) at magnitude V = 15.8.

Alert Notice 641: V1490 Cyg multiwavelength campaign

July 24, 2018: Dr. Dirk Froebrich (University of Kent) has requested AAVSO observations to support their upcoming observations of V1490 Cyg. He writes:

"Background: We have recently discovered that the young star V1490 Cyg (situated in the Pelican Nebula IC 5070) is periodically occulted by material in its circumstellar disk(*). Our light-curves indicate a period of about 32 days, and the obscurations are comparable to UX-Ori type eclipses.

Alert Notice 639: CH Cyg coverage requested

Note from Aril 2020: Ongoing coverage continues to be extremely important, with V and particularly B being given priority over Rc and Ic. As always, visual observations are requested and encouraged. - Elizabeth O. Waagen, April 6, 2020

Note from August 2019: Ongoing coverage is extremely important, with V and particularly B being given priority over Rc and Ic. As always, visual observations are requested and encouraged. - Elizabeth O. Waagen, August 28, 2019

Alert Notice 638: Nova in Scutum - N Sct 2018 = TCP J18292290-1430460

July 2, 2018

Event: Nova in Scutum - N Sct 2018 = TCP J18292290-1430460

Discovered by: Yukio Sakurai (Mito, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 10.3, on two frames using Nikon D7100 digital camera + 180-mm f/2.8 lens

Discovery date: 2018 June 29.5768 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 18 29 22.93   Decl. -14 30 44.2  (from VSX)

Alert Notice 637: Nova in Lupus - N Lup 2018 = PNV J15384000-4744500

June 5, 2018

Event: Nova in Lupus - N Lup 2018 = PNV J15384000-4744500

Discovered by: Rob Kaufman (Bright, Victoria, Australia) at White Cliffs, NSW, Australia (via CBET 4520)

Discovery magnitude: 9.1 unfiltered CCD magnitude, object visible in 5 DSLR frames taken with 55mm lens (via CBET 4520)

Discovery date: 2018 June 03.4306 UT (via CBET 4520)

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.

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