Perhaps it was an Iridium flare, they can look like you describe. Here is some info on them:
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Quote:I just caught it a few minutes ago in 15x70 binos. The limiting magnitude is about 3.5 here with Albireo barely visible and all the stars in Delphinus invisible naked eye. Seems about mag 4.0-4.5 in the binos and I have no doubt that folks can see it naked eye from darker skies....
Time of observation was 2013 08 17, 02h15m, UT
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Quote:Observed Nova Del 2013 at 0530 UT (8/17) through clouds with my 12x36 IS II's. The nova appeared about as bright as 29 Vul (4.8) which bumps it up 0.1m from last night.
Quote:Is this it?...
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Quote:Quote:Is this it?...Really? Are you serious? How could anyone tell without any field stars in the area to determine what it is? This image, if of a star, is enlarged to much to determin what it is.
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Quote:Quote:Quote:Is this it?...Really? Are you serious? How could anyone tell without any field stars in the area to determine what it is? This image, if of a star, is enlarged to much to determin what it is. easy it is the only thing that was near its region that color and brightness, if I tuned the gain up any more it was too bright that it drowned everything else up. I took several let me see if I have anything that caught anything in the area.
Quote:I observed the nova today at 1:00am PST on my new 10" Skywatcher Dob GOTO. My first telescope and this happens! Thank you EJN (star map) and others here on CN for helping a newbie find this amazing event!