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Nova Del 2013 makes the top 30

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Now that it has reached magnitude 4.4 visual, Nova Del is eligible for the nova Hall of Fame. There are only 29 recorded novae that have peaked brighter than this, and Nova Del may not be done yet. Here are the top 35 in order from brightest to faintest. I wonder where Nova Del 2013 will end up on this greatest hits list. 

Name Mag
V0603 Aql -1.4 - 12.4 V
GK Per 0.2 - 14.0 V
CP Pup 0.5 - <17.0 p
RR Pic 1.0 - 12.65 V
DQ Her 1.3 - 18.08 V
V0630 Sgr 1.6 - 14.4 p
V1500 Cyg 1.69 - <21.0 V
V0476 Cyg 1.9 - 17.1 V
T CrB 2.0 - 10.8 V
CP Lac 2.0 - 17.7 V
CK Vul 2.7 - 20.0: V
V0446 Her 2.8 - 18.8 p
V0382 Vel 2.8 - 16.6 V
V0533 Her 3.0 p - 16.4 V
Q Cyg 3 - 15.6 V
HR Del 3.6 - 12.1 V
V0598 Pup 3.6: V - 15.9 CR
DN Gem 3.6 - 16.0 B
V1280 Sco 3.79 - <20.0 V
BT Mon 4.0: - 18.7 p
V Per 4.0 - <17.5 p
Nova Leo 1612 4 - ? v
V1494 Aql 4.1 - 17.1 V
T Aur 4.1 - 15.5 B
V1974 Cyg 4.2 - 17.5: V
DI Lac 4.3 - 14.91 B
RS Oph 4.3 - 12.5 V
V0841 Oph 4.3 - 14.05 V
LV Vul 4.5 - 16.9 V
FH Ser 4.5 - 16.8 V
AB Boo 4.5 - ? V
V1059 Sgr 4.5: - 16.5 p
V0842 Cen 4.6 - 18.6: V
DM Gem 4.8 - 17.4 V
V0368 Aql 5 - 15.7 V
Bright enough for webcams!
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Here is the Nova as it clearly appeared at 1:49am Aug 16 from the Pan-STARRS webcam on Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/astro-hawaii/photos/album/1850562590/pic/2074873091/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc

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webcam photo neat
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Thanks for posting this, Mike! For those of us who haven't had a chance yet to observe the nova directly, this gives us a perfect 'big picture'! I'm going after it myself tonight.

Clear skies  -  Elizabeth Waagen

Nova Del 2013 - AAVSO Alert Notice 489
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AAVSO Alert Notice 489 on Nova Del 2013 has been published.

Good observing  -  Elizabeth Waagen, AAVSO HQ

Galactic position shown
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Yes, it especially gives the big picture of where the nova is located in respect to our galaxy! Keep in mind, this view is from latitude 20N, so may need to adjust to your particular location. Worsening moonlight this weekend may also cause problems for naked eye observers.

Mike LMK

weo wrote:

Thanks for posting this, Mike! For those of us who haven't had a chance yet to observe the nova directly, this gives us a perfect 'big picture'! I'm going after it myself tonight.

Fading already?
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  I was able to get my first look at the nova tonight. It seemed to be 4.9 mag. in binoculars though there was a lot of bright moonlight in the sky. I glanced at other recent estimates and it seems to be fading already, though it was still thrilling. The brightest nova I've seen personally!

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