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Alert Notice 551: GDS_J1701281-430612 monitoring for HST observations

Note added September 27, 2016: Dr. Reynolds adds the following: "Visual observations would be useful in setting a baseline and understanding how variable the source is in a relative sense at the time of our HST observation."

September 20, 2016: Dr. Mark Reynolds (University of Michigan) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the cataclysmic variable GDS_J1701281-430612 in support of HST/COS observations scheduled for early October.

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

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:

Special Notice #418: RX And monitoring needed for VLA observations

July 5, 2016: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 539, Deanne Coppejans and colleagues request optical monitoring of the Z Cam dwarf nova RX And in support of their campaign to observe it with the Very Large Array (VLA) in their ongoing radio jet research.

Deanne writes in a post to the AAVSO Forum thread on this campaign: "We are going to try and catch RX And in quiescence again in the next three weeks. The optical coverage of it is still sparse, so any observations you take of it will be extremely useful."

Special Notice #55: Possible Nova in Vul [Nova Vul 2007, V458 Vul]

August 8, 2007

CBET 1027 reports that Hiroshi Abe has discovered a new bright nova [Nova Vul 2007, V458 Vul] around August 8, at coordinates

19:54:24.64 +20:52:51.9 J2000

and with brightness V=9.4mag. A possible progenitor star is visible on the POSS-I survey plates at about V=18.

This sounds like an ideal target for northern observers. You can plot the field using VSP:

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