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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 316 (March 30, 2005)
1. 1810-25 V5115 SGR (N SGR 05)
Discovered Independently By (reported by S. Nakano, Sumoto, Japan, IAU Circular 8500):
- Hideo Nishimura, Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan
- Yukio Sakurai, Mito, Ibakaki-ken, Japan
Discovery Magnitude (IAU Circular 8500):
- 8.7 (2 exposures, Kodak T-Max film, Pentax 6x7 camera, 200-mm f/4.0 lens) (Nishimura)
- 9.1 CCD (Fine Pix S2 digital camera, Nikon 180-mm f/2.8 lens) (Sakurai)
Discovery Date (IAU Circular 8500):
- March 28.779 UT (Nishimura)
- March 28.796 UT (Sakurai)
Position: R.A. (2000): 18h 16m 59.04s Decl. (2000): -25o 56' 38.8" measured by S. Nakano from Sakurai's .jpg image (IAU Circular 8500)
Spectra (IAU Circular 8501): L. Kiss, University of Sydney, and A. Derekas, University of New South Wales, obtained spectra with the Australian National University 2.3-m telescope (+ Double-Beam Spectrograph) at Siding Spring Observatory that show the object to be a nova. K. Ayani and Y. Kawabata, Bisei Astronomical Observatory, also obtained low-dispersion spectra that show the object to be a nova.
AAVSO Chart(s): No AAVSO chart has been made yet for this object. At present, please use the charts made by Sebastian Otero at http://ar.geocities.com/varsao/Carta_V4028_Sgr.htm  (finder) and http://ar.geocities.com/varsao/Carta_Nova_Sgr_2005.htm  (nova field).
Report Object to the AAVSO as: 1810-25 V5115 SGR (name assigned by N. Samus and E. Kazarovets, Institute of Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences, IAU Circular 8502)
Observations Reported to the AAVSO: March 29.737 UT, 8.2 CCD, K. Kadota, Ageo, Japan (IAU Circular 8501); 29.755, 7.8 CCD, S. Wakuda, Yuto-cho, Hamana-gun, Shizuoka-ken, Japan (via S. Nakano, IAU Circular 8501); 30.1563, 7.9, A. Amorim, Florianopolis, Brazil; 30.273, 7.7, R. Shida, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Notes (from IAU Circular 8500):
Congratulations to Hideo Nishimura and Yukio Sakurai on their independent discoveries!
2. ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 315
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