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#226 Bill Barlow

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:46 AM

I saw it with my C14 this past Wednesday (3/19) from our astro clubs observing site in a yellow zone and it was noticeably fainter than two weeks ago. But I could still see it fairly easily with direct vision.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:49 AM

I observed the supernova again on Sunday night, using the ASH 17" classical Cassegrain at 216 and 259x. SN 2014J was best seen with averted vision.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:40 PM

I had no trouble seeing it with a Mallincam and CPC800 on Saturday night (3/22) at our club's star party (it was a big hit with the crowd). It wasn't visible with an eyepiece with that scope, but our light-pollution situation is pretty dismal for visual sighting of faint objects (we're 40 miles north of Times Square; the measured SQM was 19.85). [That's why I have to cheat a little and use the Mallincam!]

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

I was observing with a 15" and although it is still very apparent, it has faded considerably since a week ago.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 02:50 PM

I was observing with a 15" and although it is still very apparent, it has faded considerably since a week ago.


Last night with my 18" from an orange zone it was barely detectable, and that was only because I knew where it should be. Definitely doesn't stand out like it did weeks ago.

Darker skies would help I'm sure.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

SN 2014J is now listed at magnitude 13.2 (as of 3/25).

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:42 PM

My first visual view of SN 2014J was on March 22, 2014 UT. This was after the CCD camera was removed from the RC20 telescope. Cloudy skies prevent viewin early on.

This image take with a 77m f/6.6 Borg and SBI STi.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:18 PM

Still keeping tabs on this one as the weather permits.
The attached image taken on 20 March.
20 X 30 seconds @ F2.8 using PowerNewt and QSI632ws.
No calibration/processing other than stacking of the L subs.
Supposed to be clear next couple of days here in PNW and
and will try to get an updated image.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:25 PM

I observed it on Friday, March 28th, 2014 and it was still easily visible in my 14". Averted vision would grab it just a tad more but direct vision still worked. It has faded a lot since I last looked and the 13th mag is about right.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:53 AM

My wife and I saw it last night in my 18" with a 10mm Ethos though we were fighting pesky high clouds, and were observing in a brown zone (about mag 5.6-5.9). I could see it with direct vision much of the time and all of the time with averted vision, though it was faint. Just glad we finally got a chance to see it while it was still visible. Might be quite a while before another one like this comes along…

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:57 AM

I saw it last night, too, in my 14.5" dob. It's faded a lot in one month, where is was really distinct is now just on the edge of directly seeing it. It does pop a bit more with averted vision.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:22 AM

Saw it very intermittently with direct vision 3/30 with a 12.5."

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:24 AM

I observed SN 2014J tonight using the ASH 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain at 185, 216, 249, and 462x. The best view was at 249x. I was able to see the supernova intermittently with direct vision and fairly steadily with averted vision at that magnification.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

Thanks for posting David, I wondered where it was visually at this point.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:23 AM

Saw it fairly easy last Wednesday (3/26) with my 8" refractor. Was actually comparing views of it using eyepieces Celestron 9mm X-Cel LX, AT 8mm 70WF, and an TV 8mm Delos (200x to 225x).

Best or was easiest in the Delos of course.

Observed it Monday night (3/31) with my 12.5" dob, and it's certainly dimming fast. Also had the 5" reflector and could not see it with that scope.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

I had another look at SN 2014J last night using the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain at 185, 216, and 259x. I could see it intermittently with direct vision at 259x.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:17 PM

There are a dozen or more pages in the two longest posts on SN2014J here and in the forum higher up . . . probably a CN record for a supernova. Wasn't this a great one? We should be so lucky to have one or two like it each year!

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:27 AM

Here's my observation of the supernova from April 2 in my XT8:

SN 2014J in M82 (Cigar Galaxy), in Ursa Major: difficult averted vision object; like a tiny ember within the mottled galaxy’s plane; power helps; significantly much dimmer than from February 21; viewed at 48x, 96x, and 192x

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:40 PM

This SN was and is a treat to follow. Slowly fading down
but still prominent in images. Attached taken evening of
09 April. Stack of 20 X 30 seconds using PowerNewt and
QSI632ws. I wonder what it will look like this time next
year?

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:17 AM

I finally got a chance to see this the other night. Can't believe it is still that bright. What a blast that must have been!

I was using my mak 150 with a .5x reducer and my gen 3 IIE with a red Longpass filter. Came out very good as I could see dust lanes, the very bright core, and on the limb, the still bright Supernova. First SN I've seen and done in backyard under heavy LP, but IIE comes out with very good image. Supernova's are Supercool! Well, as long as it's that far away....

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:17 AM

What magnitude is it now? (April 14, 2014)

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:27 AM

This SN was and is a treat to follow. Slowly fading down
but still prominent in images. Attached taken evening of
09 April. Stack of 20 X 30 seconds using PowerNewt and
QSI632ws. I wonder what it will look like this time next
year?

PJ

My first opportunity to view the supernova came early this morning. Through a 25" telescope it was visible with direct vision at 88x [41mm Panoptic eyepiece] magnification and a little easier at 181x [20mm ES 100° eyepiece]. There was no moon in the sky, average transparency (M81 looked washed out with no trace of its outer spiral arms) and mediocre seeing. My visual magnitude estimate is close to 14.5 (magnitude from SkySafari 4 Pro) using the star GSC 4383-0438 as a comparison star (the only star visible to the upper left of M82 in canukLX90's image above). The dim star immediately below and to the right of the supernova in the image is much dimmer visually than the image indicates, perhaps a full magnitude dimmer.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:20 AM

Here's my pic from this week below working @ scope's native f/10 mode - some nice detail in gx core :grin:

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

I bid farewell to SN2014J last night with my 10" dob. It was only visible via averted vision, coming in and out in the midst of M82 starry background, at 266X. It has been fun observing this supernova in a far far away galaxy from its birth to fading away in the last three months.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:56 AM

Well all good things must come to an end, so they say. I also enjoyed observing this object, being well placed in the night sky. The last time I saw it was in late March with my Meade 10" ACF. It was still visible with direct vision then, but much dimmer than a month before.

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