According to TOCP website, Koichi Nishiyama and Fujio Kabashima report a discovery of possible nova (mag.= 11.1) in Scorpius.
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This is still worth pursuing, but VizieR shows the existence of an IR source within 2 arcseconds of this position, and a star with spectral type M6. This may be an uncataloged LPV.
AAVSO Special Notice #372 has been issued on this probable new red variable, IRAS 17378-3411 = PNV J17411305-3413235. Visual and multicolor observations, as well as spectroscopy, are requested.
Good observing - Elizabeth Waagen, AAVSO HQ
Bart Staels was kind enough to point out (thanks, Bart!) that there is a typo in the coordinates for IRAS 17378-3411 = PNV J17411305-3413235 in AAVSO Special Notice #372. The coordinates should be
RA 17 41 13.10 Dec. -34 13 22.6 (2000.0)
My apologies for the error!
Good observing - Elizabeth Waagen
I took a spectra of this PNV last night. It certainly isn't a nova.
The spectra is of a late M star. There are no H emissions that are often present in Mira stars near maximum.
Some one with more knowledge than me migh be able to classify it.
Great spectrum, Terry.
It's a late M star, no sign of emission typical of novae. It's probably intrinsically red, with extinction on top of that. Mass-losing pulsator, maybe?