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    Wow. Heavens change, in exciting ways. I wish tonight and following nights be clear.
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    Default Re: (Super) nova in M82

    It is expected to reach magnitude 8 in a couple of weeks, which will make it very conspicuous. Don't confuse it with the mag 10 star nearby!
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    Default Re: (Super) nova in M82

    Quote Originally Posted by dcbrown73 View Post
    Terrible timing. Sort of. It will be clear tonight, but we got a foot of snow last night and it's about 5F with a wind chill of about -13. That's in the day time. I've got clothing to spend time outside in 32F (0C) weather, but not for as frigid as it is right now and it will be even worse once the sun goes down.

    Looks like it's time to buy snow boots, pants, and a heavy jacket.
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    Default Re: (Super) nova in M82

    I've just come in from bagging this in my back yard. Using my Celestron 8se it was certainly an averted vision object, but a pretty easy averted vision object, showing pretty clearly as a small pinprick standing out inside the galaxy as per the pictures that have been released.

    Very exciting!
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    Default Re: (Super) nova in M82

    I am in Iowa (central USA) so my light pollution isn't that bad, but it's very clear tonight. Do you think I'll be able to pick it out in a 6 inch Dob?

    I have been able to pick out 81 and 82 but they weren't in great detail and I did have to go to the darker areas.

    I usually drive out 15 minutes or so into the country to get darker skies but it's literally 5F here.

    Edit: and how long do we expect this to be visible? It may warm up here soon...
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    I just came in from looking for it. It's kind of clear tonight but there are wispy clouds and it's 10 outside. No dice as they obscured most of the North, but Jupiter was nice with all four Galilean moons visible. My 7yo son was a super trooper and came out with me.

    Have to give it a try later in the week.

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    You should be able to see it with a 6" dob (and I hope so for my sake too )--the latest I read was that it was about 11.3 mag, which should put it in range for your scope (and since the brightness is concentrated it should be a lot easier than, say, an 11.3 mag galaxy). From what I've read about the minimum you'd need now is a 4" scope, but that it's projected to get brighter for the next couple of weeks. I'm going to try and spot it in my suburban backyard with my six inch dob tonight (thankfully the skies to the North and East from here are dark), so I'll post later on if I'm able to see it.
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    Just came back in from a quick observing session before the clouds (of course) rolled in. I was definitely able to see the supernova using a 6 inch dob, but it doesn't really jump right out at you. I located it using my 32mm and then used my 25mm barlowed to get a better view (using medium power definitely seemed to help bring it out more). I could occasionally glimpse it with direct vision, but it was much easier to see with averted vision. There's a 10 mag. star right along side the galaxy that you can use as a guide. It's just a bit closer to the core of the galaxy from it, and also a good deal fainter than the star. It seemed like the area around it was glowing a bit more than usual too, but I don't know if that was just from the core, wishful thinking, or actually from the supernova.
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    It's about 2:30am and I just got in from seeing my first ever Supernova. Wow!!!

    Something was in the air tonite because I was dragging my butt to bed at midnight when I thought I better take a quick peak at the sky just in case the clouds cleared. Sure thing to my surprise the sky was mostly clear. With my adrenaline now pumping I raced to set up my 8se because this could be my only chance as the weather forecast is bad. I did my quickest alignment ever thinking it would suck, but when I punched in M82 it was smack bang right in the centre of my EP. Best alignment ever!

    I too needed averted vision but it was very easy to see when doing so. I then set up my observing chair and put my eyepatch on and observed it for a good hour or so switching between two eyepieces. One that just showed M82 and the other that fit both M82 and M81. I could see the SN both ways, and it was just fantastic.

    What was really amazing to me was that I have looked at these two galaxies many times in my first year of astronomy here, and as strange as this may sound it's like they looked completely different tonite. It's like my eyes were trained to see it the way they were, and now it was like seeing them again for the first time. It's hard to describe.
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    We had rain in the evening and just before going to bed it was still mostly cloudy but I did see some stars.
    So I set the alarm clock at 05.30h.
    When the alarm went off I took a peek past the bedroom curtain but I did not see any stars so went back into bed.

    Then I walk out the door at 07.30h to go to work and find a crystal clear sky (and my car all frosted over)
    Maybe I should have rubbed my eyes a bit better at 05.30h???

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for tonight.
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