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Possible Bright Nova in Musca

15 Jan 2018, 15:28 UTC
Possible Bright Nova in Musca
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Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Musca (TOCP Designation: PNV J11261220-6531086) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + focal reducer from MPC Code Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring).On images taken on January 15.57, 2018 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude ~6.3 at coordinates:R.A. = 11 26 14.95, Decl.= -65 31 24.1(equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR1 catalogue reference stars).Below you can see our confirmation image (single 30-sec exposure through a 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD), click on it for a bigger version:An animation showing a comparison between our confirmation image and the archive POSS2/UKSTU Red plate (1998-03-19). Click on it for a bigger version:by Ernesto Guido & Alfonso Noschese

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