Good - we get to test the new forum almost immediately! Patrick Schmeer posts on several alert lists about this new unconfirmed object, as found at
This is unlikely to be a nova. It is at galactic latitude 40 degrees, so well out of the plane and with little extinction. A nova typically has an absolute brightness of about -9mag, which means 13th apparent magnitude would be a 22mag distance modulus, or a distance of about 250kpc, well out of the galaxy. Of course, it could have been caught on the rise and will get several magnitudes brighter, but it would have to get much brighter to be within our galaxy. My guess is that this, if confirmed, is a CV, which has a much fainter absolute magnitude.