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Quote:Just tried again - again nothing.
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Quote:I was successful in spotting the supernova in M99 last night (Fri, Jan 31) with my 24-inch in fairly dark skies (SQM 21.4). Nothing was seen at 200x, but bumping up the magnification to 375x, a very faint "star" was visible just southwest of the core. I most likely would not have noticed it without knowing the location beforehand.I would guess a magnitude in the 15.5 range is reasonable and coupled with the location, makes this a tough target -- particularly in comparison to the relatively easy one in NGC 3448 and the blazing orange-red SN in M82. That was three supernovae viewed within a few minutes!
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