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AAVSO Special Notice #137

Possible outburst of LV Vel
December 2, 2008

Howard Bond (STScI) announced in Astronomer's Telegram (#1858, 
2008 Nov 30) that LV Vel, a pulsating variable at the center
of the planetary nebula Longmore 4, is currently in the midst
of a spectroscopic outburst.  Furthermore, Bond noted in 
vsnet-alert 10770 (2008 Dec 01) that ASAS-3 has a tentative
positive detection at V=14.6, very close to the limiting 
magnitude of ASAS.  If this detection is real and the photometry
accurate, LV Vel has also undergone a photometric outburst of 
at least two magnitudes.  Photometry of LV Vel is therefore
urgently requested.

LV Vel is a pulsating variable of the GW Vir type, with full
range amplitudes of about 0.1 magnitudes.  LV Vel is multiperiodic,
with periods in the range of several hundred to a few thousand
seconds.  Detection of the pulsations with good signal-to-noise
will therefore be difficult with telescopes smaller than 0.5-m
in aperture.  However, measurements of the mean light level are
extremely valuable, and confirmation or rejection of the ASAS-3 
detection is urgently needed.

LV Vel is located at the following coordinates (J2000):

RA 10 05 45.80 , Dec -44 21 33.0

Finder charts for the field may be plotted with VSP:

The star is surrounded by nebulosity, and it is recommended that
DSS charts be plotted by checking the "Use DSS Image" option.

Comparison stars are not yet available in VSP.  However, Bond
and Meakes (1990; AJ 100, 788) give calibrations of two nearby
comparison stars accurate to 0.05 magnitudes:

Comp 1: USNO-A2.0 0450-10727399, RA 10 05 44.95 , Dec -44 22 50.1 (J2000)
        V=15.44, B-V=+0.65
Comp 2: USNO-A2.0 0450-10725971, RA 10 05 42.13 , Dec -44 22 49.7 (J2000)
        V=15.63, B-V=+1.08

Please report all observations to the AAVSO using the name "LV VEL".

This AAVSO Special Notice was prepared by Matthew Templeton.


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