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Possible Nova in Cepheus

2 Feb 2013, 22:22 UTC
Possible Nova in Cepheus
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Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Cep (TOCP Designation: PNV J23080471+6046521) we performed some follow-up of this object remotely through the 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD of ITelescope network (MPC Code I89 - Nerpio, Spain). On our images taken on February 02.8, 2013 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with unfiltered CCD magnitude 9.8 at coordinates:R.A. = 23 08 04.70, Decl.= +60 46 52.0(equinox 2000.0; USNO-B1.0 catalogue reference stars).Our annotated confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version):An animation showing a comparison between our confirmation image and the archive POSS2/UKSTU plate (R Filter - 1991). Click here or on the thumbnail for a bigger version:Kazuyoshi Imamura (Okayama Univ. of Sci. team, JAPAN) reports on vsnet-alert mailing list that they "succeeded in obtaining a low-resolution spectrum (R~400) of the PNV J23080471+6046521 (in Cep) on February 2.526 UT at the OUS (Okayama Univ. of Sci.) observatory......From our result, this object is thought to be a classical nova (Fe II class)" Credit: K. Imamura (Okayama Univ. of Sci. team, JAPAN)Ernesto Guido & Nick Howes

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