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Special Notice #399: GK Per in outburst

March 12, 2015: The old nova GK Per (N Per 1901), which has dwarf nova outbursts, is going into outburst, according to observations submitted to the AAVSO International Database:

New JAAVSO preprint: New Variable Stars Discovered by the APACHE Survey. II.


New Variable Stars Discovered by the APACHE Survey. II. Results After the Second Observing Season

Mario Damasso

INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Torino, Via Osservatorio 20, I-10025 Pino Torinese, Italy; Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, fraz. Lignan 39, 11020 Nus (Aosta), Italy

Alert Notice 510: Observations of the symbiotic nova ASAS J174600-2321.3

March 5, 2015: The AAVSO is requesting observations of the symbiotic nova candidate ASAS J174600-2321.3 during the predicted upcoming eclipse of this system. Observers are asked to begin observing immediately (2015 March 5), and continue observations through the end of July 2015.  Both visual and instrumental observations are encouraged; the object was at V=12.28 on 2015 February 6.764 (OCN; S.

AAVSO Communications

AAVSO Communications was launched in March 2015. The purpose of this monthly email is to highlight new initiatives and ongoing projects in a concise way which we hope you will find informative. Sometimes there is just so much going on that it is hard to keep track of it all. We hope that AAVSO Communications will make it easier for you to see what is happening and follow the links to read more about what interests you.

AAVSO Bulletin 78 for 2015 published

AAVSO Bulletin 78 - Predicted Dates of Maxima and Minima of 380 Long Period Variables for 2015 has been published. 

The Bulletin is an essential aid in planning your LPV observing program! Generate a custom version of the Bulletin tailored to your observing needs, or download the Bulletin in PDF or CSV format. Find a list of legacy LPVs in need of observation here as well.

Landolt Standards and 21st Century Photometry

Arlo Landolt should be familiar to most of the AAVSO community, not only as a friend and former councillor of the AAVSO, but as one of the leading figures of astronomical photometry and photometric calibrations.  Arlo Landolt's work on standard stars has set the standard -- very literally -- for astronomical photometry for nearly half a century.

Alert Notice 509: Nova Sagittarii 2015 = PNV J18142514-2554343

February 18, 2015

Event: Nova Sagittarii 2015 = PNV J18142514-2554343

Discovered independently by:
- Hideo Nishimura (Shizuoka-ken, Japan)
- Koichi Nishiyama (Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan)

Discovery magnitude:
- Nishimura: DSLR magnitude 11.2, using 200-mm f/3.2 lens + digital camera
- Nishiyama and Kabashima: unfiltered CCD magnitude 10.9, using a 105-mm f/4 camera lens (+SBIG STL6303E camera)

Alert Notice 508: Nova Scorpii 2015 == PNV J17032620-3504140

February 17, 2015

Event: Nova Scorpii 2015 = PNV J17032620-3504140

Discovered by: Tadashi Kojima, Gunma-ken, Japan

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered DSLR magnitude 8.1, using a 150-mm f/2.8 lens and digital camera

Discovery date: 2015 February 11.837 UT

Coordinates: RA: 17 03 26.18 , Decl: -35 04 17.6

Special Notice #398: Bright Transient in Sgr (PNV J18142514-2554343)

February 13, 20115:  Patrick Schmeer (SPK, Bischmisheim, Germany) reports the announcement on the CBAT Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) of the discovery of a bright transient in Sgr on 2015 February 12.852 at an unfiltered magnitude of 10.9 by K. Nishiyama, using a 105-mm f/4 camera lens with an SBIG STL6303E CCD camera.  Nishiyama notes nothing is present on a previous image from 2015 February 02.887.  The transient has been independently confirmed with two pre-discovery images: by H.

CCD Photometry Guide update

The AAVSO Guide to CCD Photometry version 1.1 is now available for download.

This version contains several corrections and clarifications based on feedback from Ken Menzies and Tim Crawford. Thanks you two!

If you have comments or find inconsistencies, please send them to me and we will consider them for inclusion in the next revision.

Sara Beck, AAVSO Technical Assistant (


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