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SN 2014J supernova in M82 26th Jan

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#1 chrisrnuttall


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:36 PM

hello everyone

here's mine.....

Conditions weren't all that good; light pollution and a bit of cloud.

I estimate the SN to be about +10.5 - only just dimmer than the nearby blue star.

SN 2014J appeared pale orange to me - perhaps slightly more yellow than the orange star in the upper left of my drawing. (sorry I haven't got all their numbers)

I hope I will get to have a proper look under descent skies before the show is over.
It's raining now - again!!

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#2 Chopin


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:08 PM

Fantastic, Chris! This image is awesome. I'm glad you picked up some color. You are not the first, and it tells me I should indeed be looking for some warmth. I just popped on to see if anyone had a new estimate and BINGO...10.5! Looks like it's continuing to increase in brightness. I'm out see what I can do. Predicted window of clear skies are estimated to end in two to three hours. Gotta work fast.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:19 PM

Forget it. It was clear 5 minutes before typing my previous post. Completely clouded now. :(

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

very nice sketch of this celestial event.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:49 PM

Nice work Chris.

Glad you caught it.


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:04 PM

Great work Chris - these color renderings are great to compare - different apertures, observers, dates and such. Well done sir!


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:17 PM


A very fine looking sketch of your observation of the SN. Pretty cool, isn't it? From your report and others, it is definitely still brightening. I hope to get another look tomorrow night.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:47 AM

Very realistic!!

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:10 AM

Great effort Chris. I was out the same time opening the roof at great risk from near gale-winds.

I can pretty much go along with your colour impression in spite of rather poor seeing. This was my third view since my posted drawing and feel that hint of pink seen then has indeed gone.

Of course that first view was in very good seeing and excellent transparency – only wish I had not allowed looming clouds to intimidate me into not recording more of that very fine structure that night.

M81 is perhaps more photogenic but I reckon M82 is a sketcher’s dream; and I feel honoured to have my work alongside all of you other guys on here I hasten to add: M82/SN and all the great renderings – that I can promise I do not ignore in the least. :bow: :bow: :bow:

UK observing weather forecast coming week: :(. But so many other pressing matters anyhow......!


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:45 AM

Thanks everyone, that's an encouraging set of replies!
yes it is a cool thing to observe this bright star so very far away, and something which changes quickly unlike normal deep sky observing.

As Dave points out the weather is poor here at the moment so I don't know when I will get to look again. Although I am surprised to hear that you had high winds at the same time as I was out in moderate breeezes, typical of the bonkers weather this winter I suppose.

Interesting that Dave thinks the colour is changing (becoming less red) as time goes by, I have only seen it once so cannot comment. I hope to observe it again and make a comparison.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:30 AM

Really great representation of the SN. Beautiful.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:53 PM


Good sketch of SN 2014J in M-82 26th of Jan. :).




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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:37 PM


This is a fine sketch of the supernova and M82 also for that matter. Just as predicted it continues to brighten.
So nice to see your sketch of this exciting happening in a nearby bright galaxy.

Frank :)

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:09 AM

So nice. This a good souvenir of this SN, our best target now.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:58 AM


I am intrigued after seeing your excellent sketch this morning :bow: :bow: :bow: and cannot wait to observe now after seeing your rendering showing color to the nova. I see you are probably using optics well beyond my old antique Coulter Odyssey 10.1 inch or 256mm OD mirror, never really properly collimated after 25 years.

Also interesting that some others note that the pink color may be fading.

I remember almost 20 years ago accidentally seeing red tinges on the outer edges of M42, the Orion Nebula through my 10.1 inch Coulter when others claimed they could not see color. Perhaps some of us have a better red sensitivity with our eyes.

I'll look forward to seeing your next sketches, while I hope for skies to clear here in the Pacific Northwest, and Portland Oregon.

Thanks for posting your excellent sketch,

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