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Seldom
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Omicron Ceti new
      #5949449 - 07/01/13 10:56 AM

Am I right that it should be peaking by the end of the week?

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Hubert
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Re: Omicron Ceti new [Re: Seldom]
      #5949785 - 07/01/13 02:25 PM

According the bulletin 76 max is around 16 jul.

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Seldom
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Re: Omicron Ceti new [Re: Hubert]
      #5949864 - 07/01/13 03:05 PM

Thanks, Hubert. I was just eyeballing the graphic on the AAVSO site. Bulletin 76 is good to know about.

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Hubert
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Re: Omicron Ceti new [Re: Seldom]
      #5951091 - 07/02/13 10:44 AM

You can find all about the bulletin here:

http://www.aavso.org/aavso-bulletin-76-2013


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Seldom
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Re: Omicron Ceti new [Re: Hubert]
      #5976475 - 07/17/13 05:44 PM

I've been up in the morning looking for it, and I think I'm seeing it, but I'd like to confirm, because Cetus isn't very high until dawn, and it's over a nearby town. I'm seeing star about 4th magnitude. The position is close to what's shown in Uranometria 2000, but I expected the color to be redder, like Antares or Arcturus. The star I'm seeing is a warm white, or straw.

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lee14
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Re: Omicron Ceti [Re: Seldom]
      #5976550 - 07/17/13 06:19 PM

You'll have an easier time identifying your target star if you use an AAVSO chart. The scale is better for picking out nearby comparison stars and more closely matches what the field actually looks like in a scope. Go to AAVSO.org, select "observing", then "variable star charts" from the pull down menu. Enter 'Mira'...Omicron Ceti won't work.

Lee


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