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Where is R Scuti going?

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Where is R Scuti going?

I observed R Scuti this Summer with my binoculars (10x50), but couldn't find it last week. I assumed it was at a minimum and planned to take my small refractor (80/640) out this week.

However, I plotted the light curve today and found it is going fast to an all-time minimum!

Understanding what is happening is well beyond my astronomy level. Is the behaviour inside the expected range? Any official theory from professional astronomers?

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R Scuti

still within prior behavior.  over the last few nights I have not seen it below 8.4.  i see other estimates approaching 9 so I will keep watching


Thank you! I see the light curve is going up again. It's spectacular!

Is there any other visual variable (brighter than 9.0) with so much amplitude?

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