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V386 Ser to be observed with HST

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V386 Ser to be observed with HST

AAVSO Alert Notice 667 announces an observing campaign on the cataclysmic variable V386 Ser in support of upcoming HST observations. Please see the notice for details and observing instructions.

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, AAVSO HQ

msheald
Frequency Desired During Intensive Monitor Period?

Hello! I've been imaging V386 SER nightly when conditions allow.

    Intensive monitoring is desired from 27-May till 2-June. How frequently are images desired during the intensive monitoring period? Thank you and best regards.

 

Mike

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HST exact time scheduled for V386 Ser

Hi Observers,

Dr. Paula Szkody informs us that the exact time for the HST observation of V386 Ser has been scheduled for 2019 May 30 04:36-10:15 UT. This is the night of May 29/30 for US observers.

Thus, the critical night will be May 28/29 (Wednesday night)  to get a measurement to HST so they can proceed to the observation. It will be essential to have positive observations from this night to satisfy the HST planners, so observers with suitable equipment are urged to obtain positive measurements of this faint star.

Please switch from nightly monitoring to intensive monitoring (several times per night) on May 26/27 and continue through June 1/2, then resume nightly monitoring through June 7/8.

AAVSO Alert Notice 667 has been updated with this information.

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth

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I observed and reported last night preparing for the 27th on..

Hi Elizabeth

I observed and reported a time series last night preparing for the 27th on.. Using my C14  and STF8300 Camera with a V filter 90 sec slices. I was able to get anywhere from a 3 to a 6 SNR on VPhot. I will either have to use 120secs at least (I may have to go to 180 in V or a CBB filter about 60secs and report as CV. Which one is preferred?.

I also took the liberty of processing in AstroimageJ manually inputing the sequnce stars V magnitudes and my results are included below in case this is useful to Dr. Szkody.

Take care

Pablo Lewin LPAC.

Bikeman
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One observation

The weather at my site in  Germany was not good last night, but at least I got some data with iTelescope 21 (in the database now) ==> no outburst at that time. Sorry for not being able to contribute more data in the critical time, hope this helps.

CS

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countdown to observation

I might have an hour or less before clouds move in this night, but so far, ca 6 hours before the start of the HST observations, V386 Ser looks quiet at 18 mag.

CS

HBE

 

 

laurent
no outburst

Hi Paula,

No outburst in observation of 2019-30-05, image below.

With chance, i do another mesurement this night, i have clear skies under south west of France.

Best regards; Laurent from France.

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Bikeman
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HST report link

Before clouds moved in, I could measure a 18.0 (V) for V386 Ser near midnight 2019-06-01. It seems to be stuck in a quite stable state at around 18.0, I understand it will be even dimmer eventually at full quiessence.

FWIW, the HST has pages that describe the rationale behind each observation (I guess that is basically taken from the observation proposal), and theses pages are open for the public.

Here is the entry related to this project, I guess: http://www.stsci.edu/hst/phase2-public/15703.pro

Cheers

HBE 

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HST observation of V386 Ser - from Dr. Paula Szkody

Dr. Paula Szkody writes:

Thanks to all the wonderful observers who posted observations before and during our scheduled HST observations. Unfortunately, the aging telescope had jitter when it went to our source and could not find the guide stars to hold the pointing and so the observation had zero data. There was no way to foresee this and they have approved a repeat observation. We don't know yet when that will be but hopefully before September when we can't see it from the ground anymore. The optical data taken will be useful to search for optical periodicities and so is still a valuable addition. I hope that some of you will  be willing to continue observing this object for when we make the second attempt and thanks again for all your efforts, very much appreciated!

Paula Szkody and the HST team on V386 Ser

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V386 Ser HST observations rescheduled

Dr. Paula Szkody's HST observations of V386 Ser have been rescheduled. Please see AAVSO Alert Notice 669 for details and observing instructions.

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, AAVSO HQ

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No Outburst

The attached image is a stack of 120 90-second V-band images. Small telescope, dark site, no moon, very clear. V0386 Serpentis is clearly not in outburst, though  photometry of the series of images shows some potential small-scale variability - S/N of each image is not very high however. I plan to continue observing as necessary and as the weather permits.

Regards - Dick

 

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