MNASSA October 2014

The October 2014 edition of MNASSA (Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa) is available on line.  Below is the title page and list of contents.  You may, however, go here, to download the full edition.

 

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Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

(ISSN 0024-8266)


Published by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

 

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Nova Centauri 2013

Nova Cen 2013 – V1369 Cen

This nova was at mag 6 when it was discovered 3 days ago and has brightened every day and was about mag 3.6 earlier today ( Dec 5th). Near beta Cen, it is easy to find but you need to go out at about 3:30 am to see it.

On Monday, December 02, John Seach based at Chatsworth Island in NSW (Australia) discovered a nova in Centaurus.  Located less than 2° from beta Centauri, the nova has brightened to become a naked-eye target.  The Shallow Sky Section of ASSA has a finder chart and more information. At mag 6 when it was discovered it has brightened first to around mag 4 and then appeared to be fading.  Recent observations, however, seem to indicate that it may still be brightening and it was at around mag 3.6 on 11/12/13.

A light curve, recent photos and finder chart at the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa’s website.

The two photos here were taken from my house in Brackenfell (33°52’00”S & 18°41’00”E, alt. 72m)

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Camera: Nikon D5199
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRII // 18mm, F/3.5 & 5s, ISO 640, Date: 11/12/2013, Time 02:10:35.50

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Camera: Nikon D5199
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRII // 200mm, F/3.5 & 5s, ISO 500, Date: 11/12/2013, Time 02:31:50.20

Other sites that will have information are Auke Slotegrtaaf’s site, Universe Today and SKY & Telescope.