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PNV J06501960+3002449: new transient (12.6 mag) in Gemini

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PNV J06501960+3002449: new transient (12.6 mag) in Gemini

PNV J06501960+3002449 (UG:)

RA 06h50m19.60s, DEC +30°02'44.9" (J2000.0)
2017 Dec. 17.5453 UT, 12.6 mag (CCD, unfiltered)
Discoverer: Shizuo Kaneko (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan)

"2017 12 17.545 UT
Discovered by S. Kaneko, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, with on 13-s exposure on four frames using Canon 6D digital
camera + f/3.2 200-mm lens under the limiting mag = 15.7, who writes that nothing is visible at this location on two frames taken on December 11 and 12 UT. There is a faint star (mag.= 17.5) at end figures 19s.55, 42".8 on USNO-A2 catalog."

Follow-up reports:
http://tamkin1.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/followups/J06501960+3002449.html

Time-resolved photometry, precise astrometry, and spectroscopy are urgently required.

Clear skies,
Patrick

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PNV J06501960+3002449

USNO-B1.0 catalog has a 17th to 18th magnitude star at 102.581337 +30.045345 J2000  (observation epoch 1976.3) about 1.95 arcsec from the reported position. This star shows significant variability between the first and second set of observations. See attached screenshot from Aladin

Brad Walter, WBY

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