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    Default In the Nova business



    People here know that I enjoy pursuing Astronomical League observing programs. They provide a goal-oriented structure for my star-hopping sessions, and often lead me into interesting activities I might not have considered otherwise. That's the main purpose, of course. And yeah, collecting the pins and certificates is fun, and gives a feeling of accomplishment.

    A few years ago, I found myself fascinated with Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2 (aka V5668 Sgr) which hit 4th magnitude that March. In retrospect, it had a very interesting light curve: https://www.aavso.org/lcg/plot?auid=...d=on&visual=on It's still visible today, a bit dimmer than 12th mag.

    Anyway, I naturally went searching for "nova" on the AL program list. Alas, none to be found! Seemed a glaring omission. So about a year ago, I contacted Aaron the Observing Program Director and suggested a new program. It took awhile to flesh out all the particulars and requirements, and then months to wait for approval and changes from the AL Council. I chose an online photo of Nova Delphini 2013 for the logo and pin, and got permission to use it from the the Puerto Rico photographer. Also got permissions for the various links I would use under Resources. Then designed the certificate, rather similar to others I have. Finally, Aaron and I had to dither over phrasing and punctuation for the webpage content.

    The result being, I'm the new AL Nova Observing Program Coordinator!
    https://www.astroleague.org/content/...erving-program

    And yes, I've been working towards fulfilling my own program... observing and sketching not only Novae but also Supernovae and Dwarf Novae, which help make it a well-rounded program.

    So, if you're looking for something new to observe... get out there and bring me some new stars!
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    Default Re: In the Nova business

    Super cool Ray! Quite an accomplishment, congrats!
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    Congrats Ray.
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    Congratulations Ray!
    Astronomical League and AAVSO are great resources.
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    Default Re: In the Nova business

    Well, ain't that something! Congratulations, Ray!

    If any of my club members go for this, I'll make sure to tell them to cross their T's and dot their I's as that guy is one tough cookie.

    So what happens when you finish the program? Do you submit to yourself or do you have to kick it up to the next guy?
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    Default Re: In the Nova business

    Thanks guys. Bryan, it will probably be Aaron who checks out my stuff, and signs my certificate. I've shown him some already, while we were hashing out the details.

    I'm up to 93 total observations, of 6 novae, 3 supernovae, 2 dwarf novae. Most observations of a single object, 25 of SS Cyg dwarf nova. The dwarfs are the "reliable" targets, you can keep coming back to them as they outburst. Supernovae seem to be the toughest, but not too bad. From the Rochester website, there are typically 2 or 3 supernovae per year that get brighter than mag 13.
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    Hey awesome, Ray, congrats! Good luck with it!

    Can you tell me a designation by which ss5plus can find V5668 sgr? Cuz it does not find it this way. Or some good chart for my 8dob.

    Are there any other novae I can view now, beside the ones in Scutum earlier this year?
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    Thanks Milan. I don't use ss5plus, but you can try Nova Sgr 2015 No. 2. Otherwise, try this AAVSO chart:
    https://www.aavso.org/apps/vsp/chart/?chartid=X23138QE The bright star at top left is φ Sgr.

    The Scutum nova is the last one I know about. This is a good place to find them https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/Koji.Mukai/novae/novae.html
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    You have taken on a major task there Ray.
    Congratulations.
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    Default Re: In the Nova business

    Hello Ray,

    and congratulations on your Coordinator position.

    Keep us alerted with the novae and supernovae,

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