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.
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.
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:
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."
The prototype of its class and characterized by random fadings from maximum light, 1544+28A R Coronae Borealis continues to fade in brightness. Observations reported to the AAVSO indicate that the present fading from its maximum visual magnitude of 6.0 began in early July 2007. Fading slowly to about magnitude 7.0 by July 17, it remained at that magnitude before continuing to fade again on July 22, since when it has declined more steeply, reaching magnitude 10.8 on August 6.
V5558 Sgr continues to brighten; recent reports from Neil Butterworth place this nova at V=6.5 or so. We recommend continued monitoring of this slow nova.
At V=6.5, this is an easy target for all observers, whether visual, PEP or CCD. The brightest comparison star on the current VSP chart is V=6.0, so given below is another, brighter, comparison star that we will add to the sequence in the next day or so:
AM Her has been in an extended faint state (V=15.4) for the past two years. Just over the last few days, we have seen observations that show AM Her increasing in brightness by about a magnitude. While flaring of this order has occurred before, we ask that observers raise the priority of AM Her observations to keep an eye on this latest activity. There is the potential for triggering satellite observations if AM Her is going into outburst.
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