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AAVSO Alert Notice 306

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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 306 (June 22, 2004)


  1. Possible New Variable in Hercules: 1835+25 VAR HER 04
  2. Update on Request for Monitroing of 0409-71 VW HYDRI


Object: 1835+25 VAR HER 04

Event: Variable (possibly new) in Hercules

Discovered By: Yuji Nakamura, Kameyama, Mie-ken, Japan (reported to Daniel Green, Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, by Syuichi Nakano, Sumoto, Japan)

Discovery Magnitude: 11.5 on two five-minute exposure Tri-X films taken using 200-mm f/4.0 lens

Discovery Date: June 13.632 UT (reported to D. Green, CBAT, June 16)

R.A. (2000): 18h 39m 26.16s (from James Bedient, Honolulu, HI)
Decl. (2000): +26o 04' 10" (from James Bedient, Honolulu, HI)

AAVSO Chart(s): 'e' and 'f' scale charts (thanks to B. Gary for photometry): http://www.aavso.org/cgi-bin/searchcharts3.pl?name=var%20her%2004

Report Object to the AAVSO as: 1835+25 VAR HER 04

Observations Reported to the AAVSO: June 15.2462 UT, 12.033 V, ASAS-3, reported by J. Bedient, Honolulu, HI; 18.1375, 12.1 CCDV, R. James, Las Cruces, NM; 18.3090, 11.8 CCDV, R. Royer, Springville, CA; 19.20, 12.69 CCDV, B. Gary, Hereford, AZ; 19.2279, 12.3 CCDV, James; 19.25, 12.74 V, ASAS-3, reported by Bedient; 20.3146, 12.5, M. Simonsen, Imlay City, MI; 21.1889, 12.6, Simonsen; 21.2286, 12.6 CCDV, James; 21.960, 13.0, G. Poyner, Birmingham, England; 22.005, 13.0, Poyner; 22.050, 13.1, Poyner; 22.21, 13.69, ASAS-3, reported by Gary; 22.48, 13.2, K. Itagake, Yamagata, Japan (reported by S. Nakano via D. Green); 22.4000, 12.8 CCDV, James.

a. Nakamura writes that nothing was visible around the discovery position on his about fifty patrol films taken during 1999 - 2004 with limiting magnitude = 12.

b. The nature of this object is not yet known. It does not appear to be a classical nova, and is quite blue. Spectroscopic observations are scheduled for tonight that we hope will reveal the star's nature.

c. Observing Strategy:

d. Several images have been taken of this object. An AAVSO web page is now online with some of the images placed there. Bruce Gary has created a webpage on this object at (http://brucegary.net/nova2004/).


Event: Request for optical monitoring - visual and CCD(V)

Alert Notice 305 (please see for details) announced the request for optical monitoring of the SU UMa-type cataclysmic variable VW Hyi this summer in support of Target-of-Opportunity (TOO) observations with FUSE by Dr. Knox Long and colleagues. There were three observing windows for the satellite, and triggering of the TOO observations was substantially dependent on the proximity of a superoutburst to the trigger time. (If a superoutburst occurred while the satellite was observing VW Hyi in quiescence, the satellite might be damaged.) Since a superoutburst was due, it was hoped the TOO observations could be triggered during the June window. Unfortunately, a superoutburst did not occur, and has not to date. It is expected that one will have happened before the next window (August) and it is hoped the TOO observations can be triggered during that window.

As mentioned in Alert Notice 305, your observations and your immediate notification of AAVSO Headquarters of an outburst are absolutely essential to the success of this observing program. Your observations to date have been of enormous value, and Dr. Long joins me in thanking you very much. Please continue to monitor VW Hyi closely and report your observations to AAVSO Headquarters. AAVSO 'b' and 'd' scale charts may be found at: http://www.aavso.org/cgi-bin/searchcharts3.pl?name=vw%20hyi or on request to AAVSO Headquarters.


We encourage observers to submit observations via our web site (online data submission tool WebObs), or by email in AAVSO format to observations@aavso.org. If you do not have AAVSO Observer Initials, please contact Headquarters so we may assign them to you. The answering machine at AAVSO Headquarters is on nights and weekends; use our charge-free number (888-802-STAR = 888-802-7827) to report your observations, or report them via fax (617-354-0665).

Many thanks for your valuable astronomical contributions and your efforts.

Good observing!

Elizabeth O. Waagen
Interim Director