V348 Sgr Coming Out of the Dark
The hot RCB star V348 Sgr is now rising from extreme (perhaps record faintness) minimum. Looking at the observations in the AAVSO Database, the star seems to have been near max in March-April of 2013 followed by a divebomber-like plummet of near 6 magnitudes in 40 days or less. Possibly the record faint B and V measures of July 11 2013 near mag 19 need to be reversed, the star typically being brighter in V than in B. There seems to have been a weak, partial recovery from V=18.8 to V=16.6 in Sept of last year then no other sightings for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014 until the star is seen back at extreme minimum in March of this year. It appears to have remained near minimum through May 2014 until the most recent observations of June and July reveal the rise, in Rc band, from 16.5 to near 15.0 within the last two weeks (roughly from 17.5 to 16.0 in the V band I would think). Visual and V observations may reveal this *super* variable in the 15's during the next week or so if the current comeback persists.
Good Observing to All,