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#1 _Z_

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:59 PM

A new Type Ia supernova in M82 just appeared over the weekend. It should already be visible in small scopes as it is up to mag 12 now! Check out the link for more images and info.

http://blogs.discove...next-door-an...

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:57 PM

Awesome! Hope I get a chance to see it.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:33 PM

I observed M82 on Monday and did not see a star. I'll have to take another look :D

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

I took a horrible image of M81 and M82 on the 20th of this month with my cell phone. I originally thought it was the 14th, but looked at the date on the file again just now.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:07 PM

I wish I had nice skies at night to even try to see it. It seems like the clouds/cold have filled my skies at nght for like since... the bigbang was a twinkle is someone's eye. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:16 PM

I'll have a go tonight. Thanks for the link. Danny, you may live vicariously through my success since I live vicariously through your NEAF videos. :p

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:30 PM

I live vicariously through your NEAF videos.



hopefully there will be a lot more this year. :jump:

just haven't heard much chatter execpt for the new ugly ioptron mount. I'll definitely be bugging the ceo again.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:36 PM

Plan on going out in the next couple of nights with my 10" to look at this SN.
M82 always seems to outperform M81 in my scope showing subtle mottled detail.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:30 PM

Thanks for the heads-up

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:02 PM

Just got set up on the West Coast. I should be able to see it in my C8. Stay tuned.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:16 PM

Tobyus, your pic doesn't seem to show the supernova.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:21 PM

Cool! How long is it supposed to last?

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

Too cold w/brutal winds to set up tonight. Tomorrow night looks about the same temp wise (-20F) but less wind.

How many opportunities does one get to see an exploding star?

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:12 PM

I've heard the peak is ~12 days away but you can never be sure with these things. It's currently brightening so there's still time to catch it.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:37 PM

I just came in from observing it. 30's outside, but it was so worth it. It's bright! When I slewed to it, I spotted the galaxy by the supernova, before even seeing the gray fuzzy. No averted vision needed, at least not in an 8" SCT.

Amazing, i've never had the privilege of witnessing a supernova before. :)

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:44 PM

Well it was exactly 0 deg F and very clear tonight. I wasn't going to go out, but heard about the M82 SN and had to give it a go. It's only my second SN, and the first (M74 in Aug 2013) was iffy. Not this one.

I thought about using my grab-n-go TV Pronto, but decided to go with my Teeter/Royce 10" and boy am I glad I did! I just got back inside and, wow - what a great, obvious, blazing supernova! Dim but easy with 21mm Pentax XL at 60x and crisp and bright w/14.5mm Pentax XL at 91X. It made me gasp out loud. Gorgeous! I hope any civilizations around that star hightailed it out of there in time.

Guys and gals - don't miss this one!

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:47 PM

Initially it is about 15 days from when it goes to when it begins to fade give or take a day or two. It was found around the 15th of January according to S&T so by the end of the new moon cycle it should be peaked and then starting its gradual decline. In other words the next two weeks will be good to watch, then February will be fun to watch as the brightness decline. One should consider going AAVSO site and reporting their visual magnitudes.

Sky & Telescope has a nice article on it at this link.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:56 PM

I had about a 10 minute window between clouds, but spotted it with ease. We've had a week of clear skies, but today it snowed and by nightfall we had big fluffy clouds with good seeing in the gaps. I was able to set the scope just a couple feet out my backdoor. 50-67x gave me the best views, but it got too dim above that. Glad I caught it when I did!

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:03 AM

is anyone taking pictures? its clouding up over here. i'm on the road for over a week starting tomorrow. hope to catch a glimpse when i return.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

Tobyus, your pic doesn't seem to show the supernova.


Yeah, I guess it was too dim to pick up with my telescope. Maybe one night soon it will be clear enough for me to get another look.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:34 AM

I just came in from observing it. 30's outside, but it was so worth it. It's bright! When I slewed to it, I spotted the galaxy by the supernova, before even seeing the gray fuzzy. No averted vision needed, at least not in an 8" SCT.


Mitch, are you doing your observations from the city?

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:47 AM

Mitch, are you doing your observations from the city?


Yes sir, a white zone unfortunately. All things considering, it's an impressive sight.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:07 AM

I'm happy to report that I saw the SN too from my white zone backyard. I used a 10" dob and the first eyepiece of 25mm gave 50x mag and a field of view wide enough to see both M81 and M82, but I couldn't see it. Probably too much ambient light pollution coupled with poor transparency. I switched to a 16mm UWAN for 78x and could see it with averted vision. Finally at 110x it was very clear. Amazing to think that the event itself happened more than 10 million years ago!

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:53 AM

Then there's hope for me living in a red zone, eh? Hopefully, I'll get a look in the next few nights from my NEW deck out back, woohoo! Do you think my 120ST could see it?

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:14 AM

Then there's hope for me living in a red zone, eh? Hopefully, I'll get a look in the next few nights from my NEW deck out back, woohoo! Do you think my 120ST could see it?


A 4" scope should be able to see a mag 12 star with decent skies and magnification.






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