October 7, 2006: Akira Imada reports in a post to the VS-Net Alert Discussion Group that H. Maehara has observed VY Aqr in outburst (V=12.46 on Oct. 07.56330). AAVSO observers are asked to observe this field both visually and with a CCD and report their observations as soon as possible. The latest reported AAVSO observation is <13.8 visual on Oct. 04.8201 by Eddy Muyllaert (MUY).
September 14, 2006: The SU UMa-type cataclysmic variable SW UMa is in superoutburst, according to observations reported by Patrick Schmeer, Bischmisheim, Germany, and a confirming observation reported by Stanislaw Swierczynski, Dobczyce, Poland.
August 24, 2006: Daniel W. E. Green, Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, reports (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 603) that R. Mostardi, H. Khandrika, and W. Li report the LOSS discovery of an apparent supernova on unfiltered KAIT images taken on Aug. 23.39 UT (at mag 16.4) and 24.38 UT (mag 14.7). A KAIT image taken on Aug. 14.40 UT showed nothing at this position down to limiting mag 19.3.
SN 2006ej, which is offset 6.2" west and 4.6" south of the nucleus of NGC 191A, is located at: R.A. 00:38:59.77 Decl. -09:00:56.6 (2000)
July 14, 2006: Gary Poyner, Jeremy Shears and David Boyd (all BAA-VSS) have requested help in monitoring the dwarf novae V1316 Cyg for outbursts in the current observing season.
Typically, V1316 Cyg experiences many brief outbursts that can last from less than a day to 3 days with an amplitude of less than 2 magnitudes. Poyner et al. have recently authored a paper describing this behaviour for the Journal of the BAA. It is available online in preprint form at this URL:
June 20, 2006: Daniel W. E. Green, Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, reports (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 553) the discovery by Libert A. G. (Berto) Monard, Pretoria, South Africa, of a bright apparent supernova in NGC 1316 (= Fornax A) at unfiltered CCD magnitude 15.0-15.1 on an image taken June 19.167 UT, and confirmed by Monard on June 20.155 at magnitude 14.5-14.6, using the 0.30-m Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector at the Bronberg Observatory near Pretoria, South Africa.
May 11, 2006: Daniel W. E. Green, Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, reports (IAU Circular 8709) the discovery by L. A. G. Monard, Pretoria, South Africa, of a bright apparent supernova in NGC 908 (Cetus) at unfiltered CCD magnitude 12.4 on images taken May 10.14 UT using a 0.30-m reflector. Monard reported nothing was visible at the location of SN 2006ce on the Digitized Sky Survey (limiting mag 20.5 R) or on his images taken prior to April 1 (limiting mag ~18).
April 7, 2006: P. Williams (Heathcote, NSW, Australia) reports through AVSON on the discovery of a new object in Ophiuchi. It has been visually confirmed by Maciej Reszelski (Szamotuly, Poland). Photographic confirmation by B. Liller (Vina Del Mar, Chile) on panchromatic film with an orange filter has been reported through CV-Net.
Current reported observations:
April 06.311 >12 B. Liller (LIW) Photographic w/Orange Filter
April 4, 2006: D. Green, Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT), reports on the discovery of a possible nova in Cygnus by Hideo Nishimura on Tech Pan films. It has been confirmed by Richard Miles (Golden Hill Observatory). The following observations have been reported:
Date Magnitude Observer
March 23 <12 unfiltered photographic H. Nishimura
April 2.80667 10.5 unfiltered photographic H. Nishimura