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PNV J16143400-5330050: possible nova (10.5 mag) in Norma (discovered by Rob Kaufman)

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PNV J16143400-5330050: possible nova (10.5 mag) in Norma (discovered by Rob Kaufman)

PNV J16143400-5330050 (N:)

Discovery details:
R.A. 16h14m34.00s, Decl. -53°30'05.0" (J2000.0)
2018 October 13.414 UT, 10.5 mag (V)
Discoverer: Rob Kaufman (Bright, Victoria, Australia)

2018 10 13.414 UT
Object visible in 6 search frames taken by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia. Not visible in image taken 12.422 Oct 2018, lim mag ~ 12.5. Position approximate. No minor planets or comets at this position; no variable stars in VSX. ASAS-SN database shows nothing to mag 15-16 in past 40 days. Nothing showing in DSS coloured image sourced from Aladin. Extinction of around 5 magnitudes indicated for this position. Discovery image here:

2018 10 13.61 UT
13' SE of V341 Normae (Nova 1983). Nothing was detected at the transient's position by the ASAS-SN Sky Patrol (Shappee et al. 2014ApJ...788...48S and Kochanek et al. 2017PASP..129j4502K) since 2016 Mar. 10; latest observation is 2018 Sept. 24.0695 UT, gmag. fainter than 15.9; complete 'light curve' at
--- Patrick Schmeer (Saarbrücken-Bischmisheim, Germany)

*** Precise astrometry, spectroscopy, and multiband photometry are urgently required. ***

Clear skies,

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AAVSO Alert Notice 653 on N Nor 2018 = PNV J16143400-5330050

AAVSO Alert Notice 653 announces and reports on N Nor 2018 = PNV J16143400-5330050. Please see the notice for details and observing instructions.

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, AAVSO HQ

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