September 22, 2016: SN 2016gkg (announced as AT2016gkg) was discovered by Victor Buso (Rosario, Argentina) on 2016 September 20.2484 UT at CCD magnitude (clear filter) 17.6 +/-0.5, rising to 14.5 +/-0.2 on Sep. 21.1398. His discovery was reported to the Transient Name Server by Sebastian Otero (Buenos Aires, Argentina). It was confirmed by ASAS-SN on Sep. 21.29 UT (B. Nicholls (Mt.
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:
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.
SUBMIT OBSERVATIONS TO THE AAVSO
The slow nova V5558 Sgr appears to be close to orbrighter than m(vis) = 7.6, and brighter comparisonstars than the initial bright limit of the chartmay be required. If necessary, please use the two additional comparison stars for this object that may be obtained by plotting a 240-arcmin chart with VSP: