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               AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 245 (March 23, 1998)

1815-27 NOVA SAGITTARII 1998 

We have been informed by William (Bill) Liller, Vina del Mar, Chile and by 
the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular 6846) of the 
discovery by W. Liller, using the PROBLICOM method, of a nova in Sagittarius 
at magnitude 7.8 on photographs taken on March 22.3628, 22.3642 and 22.3663 
UT.  The discovery photographs were taken with Technical Pan film and an 
orange filter.  Liller's CCD observation with broad V filter of the nova on 
March 23.316 UT showed it to be at magnitude 7.74.  Nothing brighter than 
magnitude 11.5 appeared on two photographs taken on March 18.35.  

S. Nakano, Sumoto, Japan forwards the following position from Y. Kushida, 
Yatsugatake South Base Observatory from an image obtained on March 23.771 UT
using a 0.40-m reflector (IAU Circular 6847):

           R.A. = 18h21m40s.47 , Decl. = -27o31'38".0 (equinox 2000) 

The closest star present in the USNO A1.0 catalogue (and on the Digital Sky 
Survey) is one of approximate magnitude 17 located 6".5 north of the nova.
(IAU Circular 6847)

Liller also reports that a low resolution spectrogram of N Sgr 98, obtained 
with a 0.20-m Schmidt camera (+ objective prism + CCD) on March 23 UT, 
shows H-alpha emission approximately 1.5 times brighter than the surrounding 

Further magnitude estimates reported to the Central Bureau for Astronomical 
Telegrams(IAU Circ. 6847) are as follows: March 23.682 UT, 8.2 CCD-unfiltered
(G. J. Garradd, Loomberah, N.S.W.); 23.724, 7.8 (M. Aoki, Toyama, Japan);
23.771, 8.1 (Y. Kushida, Yatsugatake South Base Observatory, Japan).

Accompanying is a finder chart for N Sgr 98 which was provided by W. Liller 
and made using Project Pluto's Guide 6.0.  V magnitudes from the Hipparcos 
and Tycho Catalogues are indicated for the two comparison stars used by 
Liller.  Please use this chart to observe the nova until the AAVSO 
preliminary chart (currently being prepared by C. Scovil) becomes available*,
and report your observations of 1815-27 N Sgr 98 to AAVSO Headquarters, 
making sure to indicate which comparison stars you used.

Congratulations to Bill on his latest discovery!


Electronic copies of the finder chart for N Sgr 98 mentioned in this Alert 
Notice are available from our FTP site:

   (, in /pub/alerts/alert245

The chart may also be accessed through our Web site at the following address:


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for your convenience.  Please call our charge-free number (800-642-3883) 
to report your observations.  We also encourage observers to send 
observations by fax to 617-354-0665 or by e-mail through the Internet to

Many thanks for your valuable astronomical contributions and your efforts.

Good observing!

Janet A. Mattei

* An AAVSO 'b' scale preliminary chart of WW Sgr on which Nova Sgr 1998 
appears has been prepared and is attached (March 24, 1998).

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