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Question about CBAT - TOCP

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Hi all, I do hope that this is the right place for this question. CBAT runs the transient objects confirmation page (TOCP), and I see that in order to either post a newly discovered object or a follow up report, an e-mail must be sent to CBAT to join the list. Is this strictly for professionals only, or open to all?

My thing is nova patrolling via Visual and DSLR monitoring, and maybe one night I may just catch something and need a confirmation. Is the TOCP now the 'standard' way of posting a potential discovery, or would e-mailing a fellow observer or the AAVSO/CBAT in order for confirmation be ok?

Sorry if this is just run of the mill stuff to some of you, but that learning curve is still going upwards :)

Thanks,

Keith.

Hi Keith - I'm in the same
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Hi Keith - I'm in the same boat as you, doing 'nova patrolling' with a DSLR.  TOCP is open to all - I sent an email to the link provided explaining that sometimes I have early follow-ups for unconfirmed objects, particularly southern novae, and was provided with a user name and password.  Since then I've been able to provide early confirmation for a couple of possible novae. 

As far as new potential discoveries go, TOCP is the place to post, but fast, independent confirmation by someone in your close group of fellow observers can be handy prior to posting, depending on your level of confidence.  Good luck!

Cheers -

Rob

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Hey Rob, thanks for your help, I'll send on an e-mail request today :)

Thanks,

Keith.

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