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Annual Meeting early registration ends Friday October 23!

The planets are gathering on Friday, October 23rd to remind you that early registration for the AAVSO Annual meeting gathering in November ENDS the same day!

Also, if you are planning to give a talk or present a poster, please send your abstracts by Friday as well.

Everything you need to know about the meeting being held November 12-14 as well as registration and abstract submission forms can be found on this page:

https://www.aavso.org/apps/meetings/Fall2015/

Visual Observing Manual in Greek

Thanks to the hard work of volunteer Stelios Kleidis, the Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars is now available in Greek!

You can download individual chapters or the entire Manual here.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from this translation, please spread the word!

Solar Bulletin - Volume 71, Number 09

The September Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:

http://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The September SID Data report is available here: www.aavso.org/sid-database

Alert Notice 531: Nova Ophiuchi 2015 Number 2 = TCP J17344775-2409042

October 14, 2015

Event: Nova Oph 2015 No. 2 = TCP J17344775-2409042

Independent discovery by:  
 - Koichi Nishiyama (Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan)
 - Shigehisa Fujikawa (Kan'onji, Kagawa, Japan)

Discovery magnitude:
 - Nishiyama and Kabashima: 11.8 unfiltered (CCD, using a 135-mm f/4 camera lens (+FLI 09000 camera))
 - Fujikawa: 12.1 unfiltered (CCD using a MINOLTA F 3.5 f 120mm lens)

Alert Notice 530: Nova Aquilae 2015 = ASASSN 15-qd = PNV J19215012+1509248

October 8, 2015

Event: Nova Aquilae 2015 = ASASSN 15-qd = PNV J19215012+1509248

Independent discovery by:  
 - Koichi Itagaki (Teppo-cho, Yamagata, Japan), reported by S. Nakano (Sumoto, Japan) (via CBET 4147)
 - All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN), reported by B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories) et al.

Special Notice #408: Developing planetary systems dust production study - second segment of observations

October 2, 2015:  Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 511, issued in March 2015, Dr. George Rieke (University of Arizona) and colleagues' campaign to monitor planetary debris disks for variability using the Spitzer Space Telescope continues. AAVSO observations are requested to rule out variability of the stars themselves.

The second segment of observations of the four targets takes place from now into January 2016 according to the schedule below.

Alert Notice 529: Observing campaign on 5 variables in Cygnus

October 1, 2015:  Dr. George Wallerstein (University of Washington) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring 5 variable stars in Cygnus now through December 2015. He is working to complete the radial velocity curves for these stars, and needs optical light curves for correlation with the spectra he will be obtaining.

Alert Notice 528: Nova Sagittarii 2015 Number 3 = PNV J18033275-2816054

September 29, 2015

Event: Nova Sgr 2015 No. 3 = PNV J18033275-2816054

Independently discovered by:
- Koichi Itagaki (Teppo-cho, Yamagata, Japan)
- Akira Takao (Kitakyushu, Japan)
- Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan)

Discovery magnitude:
- Itagaki: 9.9 U (CCD, using a 180-mm focal length camera lens)
- Takao: 10.5 U
- Nakamura: magnitude not reported (135-mm focal length camera lens)

Solar Bulletin - Volume 71, Number 8

The August Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:

http://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The August SID Data report is available here: www.aavso.org/sid-database

Special Notice #407: Blazar S5 1803+78 active

September 2, 2015:  AAVSO observer Adolfo Darriba Martinez y Oscar Ortuño (DAM, Observatorio Las Casqueras, Madrid, Spain) reports that the blazar S5 1803+78 has brightened significantly.

S5 1803+78, which is magnitude 16-17 V at minimum, is currently magnitude 14.237 V (LPAB, P. Lampens-Vancauteren (Ukkel, Belgium).

Previous outbursts are recorded in the AAVSO International Database in November 2007, February 2012, and September 2014.

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