SW UMa is in outburst. I got it at 10.66 V on 20130703 2:40 UT.
Jim Roe [ROE]
Thanx for the alert, Jim!
We have observed SW Uma tonight (4/5th July) at the astronomical youth summer camp in Tarján. The visual estimates of four observers ranged between 10.6-10.9.
Robert Fidrich (FRF)
This superoutburst is still going strong, and apparently being covered single handedly by Jim Roe.
I'd love to shoot this baby, but something so far NW (almost 9hrs RA and 53deg Dec) slids behind my house in early June by twilight; this is also at Azimuth nearest the Hollywood sign 17 miles away!
James Foster, Los Angeles, CA
I concur with Jim; SW UMa is quite poorly placed for observation currently except for those with highly unobstructed northwest horizons. It doesn't surprise me in the least if the current outburst ultimately garners observations from no more than just a couple of members.
I followed SW UMa carefully all this past season anticipating this outburst, losing it just a week, or two, before the onset. QZ Vir (the old T Leo) was another star that seemed to delight in going into outburst at highly inconvenient times in the past, quite often when nearing its time of solar conjunction, or just emerging.
I have similar situation as John. I followed SW UMa with my DSLR camera until may/june, but now she is too low from our garden - I cannot observe SW UMa because of the light pollution of Budapest :(
Fortunately we were able confirm the outburst observing at the HAA youth summer camp at Tarján on the night 4/5th July - 4 observers made brighness estimates, but these are still need to be officially submitted to AAVSO. Unfortunately since the camp I was not able to observe SW UMa. Hopefully some other HAA/VSS observers with better northern horizon managed to follow this outburst...
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