ASASSN-20ni (AT 2020yeq): possible nova in SMC. Discovered on 26 October at 14.1g magnitude.
Photometry, precize astrometry and spectra needed!
I am using Slooh Chile observatory, but the weather & pandemic have been the problem. Still, yesterday I received one green and two red filter files and the magnitude looks to have increased. Those are so far reported as TG (10.8) and TR (10.6) as there is not enough time series for transformation.
Swift took a UV-optical spectrum Oct 28.55 and 29.75 and 29.95th. The spectrum shows a very significant drop in the UV continuum blueward of 3700 Angstrom, and evidence of variable absorption features at longer wavelengths.
I've performed astrometry on this nova candidate and precise position (2000 coords) is as follows
RA 00h 48m 44.54s
Dec -72d 53m 54.1s
Andrew Pearce (PEX)
I have taken a spectra of this nova last night. R=1500 Mag V= 11.62
I will post it to to the ARAS forum as I can't seem to post images here.