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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 (sara@aavso.org)

Special Notice #397: Bright Transient in Sco (PNV J17032620-3504140)

February 11, 2015: Patrick Schmeer (SPK, Bischmisheim, Germany) reports the announcement on the CBAT Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) of the discovery of a bright transient in Sco on 2015 February 11.8367 UT at unfiltered CCD magnitude 8.2 by Tadashi Kojima (Gunma-ken, Japan) using a 150-mm f/2.8 lens + a digital camera. Kojima reports nothing is visible on a frame from the same camera on Feb. 10.827 UT.

Campaign highlight: b Persei

Some of the best opportunities for contributing to astronomical research come through the AAVSO's Observing Campaigns, which are observing projects requested by individual researchers with a specific goal in mind. Some Campaigns are designed to last for a long time, and the results aren't known until well after the campaign concludes.  But some campaigns pay off immediately.  Our campaign on the bright star b Persei is an example of the latter, with a handful of AAVSO observers getting exactly the right data, at the right time, right away!

Charts and Sequences Update January 2015

With APASS data release 8 filling in most of the remaining areas of sky with reliable secondary standards, the sequence team has been busy filling the remaining standing requests. This latest batch of new and revised sequences also has many newly discovered CVs from ASASSN, as well as sequences for RCB, NR and ZAND objects in the AID and VSX. You can downoad the list as either an .xlsx or .csv file.

AAVSO Newsletter for January 2015 is published

AAVSO Newsletter 63, January 2015 is now available to members

The AAVSO Newsletter is a periodic, general forum that supports our various observing programs with lists of new targets, observing programming ideas, and general information that spans a wide area of interest. Guest writers contribute pieces that can range from current events to book reviews.

New eJAAVSO preprint: An eclipsing symbiotic nova in outburst?

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The Curious Case of ASAS J174600-2321.3: an Eclipsing Symbiotic Nova in Outburst?

Stefan Hümmerich
Stiftstr. 4, Braubach, D-56338, Germany; American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), Cambridge, MA;
Bundesdeutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Veränderliche Sterne e.V. (BAV), Berlin, Germany

Sebastián Otero
Olazabal 3650-8 C, Buenos Aires, 1430, Argentina; American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), Cambridge, MA

Special Notice #396: Blazar PKS 0716+71 in very bright outburst

January 19, 2015: The blazar PKS 0716+71 == S5 0716+71 is currently in a very bright active state, at a visual magnitude of 12.1 as observed by G. Poyner on 2015 January 19.212 (JD 2457041.712).  The object was first noted in outburst by Arkharov et al.

Two new eJAAVSO preprints: Maxima of 67 SPPs; Longterm monitoring of semiregulars

eJAAVSO

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Recent Maxima of 67 Short Period Pulsating Stars

Gerard Samolyk

P.O. Box 20677, Greenfield, WI 53220

Received January 8, 2015; accepted January 8, 2015

Abstract

This paper contains times of maxima for 67 short period pulsating stars (primarily RR Lyrae and delta Scuti stars).
These maxima represent the CCD observations received by the AAVSO Short Period Pulsator (SPP) section in 2014.

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