I sent the question below to the main AAVSO "contact" site about 10 days ago, but I don't seem to have received a reply.... Can anyone here help, or point me in the right direction??
Dear AAVSO team,
I was wondering what happened to the AAVSO Nova section? In the past I have experimented with searching for novae visually, but the reality is that I can only manage to cover a very small area this way as my memory just isn’t up to the task of covering an area of more than a few square degrees! I have put together a simple, but very effective method of searching for novae using a DSLR on a small equatorial mount. I can very quickly take patrol images and compare them with my master images by using software to blink the images. Sadly, due to my location, I can only cover the more northerly regions of the milky-way and I can’t cover anything south of Cygnus.
Is there still and active Nova Section in the AAVSO, and are there any other AAVSO observers carrying out a similar programme? And if there isn’t, are there any plans to start one again which embraces photographic searches?
Mick Crook (CMY)