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nytecam
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bright nova in evening sky
      #6030358 - 08/17/13 05:09 AM Attachment (59 downloads)

Nova Del 2013 discovered this week and now ~mag 4 and brightening so brightest nova for over a decade and naked eye for those in dark skies. For the rest of us a good video target @ RA 20h 23m 31s Dec +20o 46' and maybe take a spectrum too for those with a grating like Rainbow or Staranalyser less than an inch from sensor as in my montage here.

The spectrum exposure with my new SX HX9 cam ~1/10s !! The captured spectrum and vertical expand [=PaintShopPro] plus 2D profile [=SX s/ware]


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6030619 - 08/17/13 10:19 AM

No longer brightening ... now appears to be falling off as fast as it brightened. Better catch it while you can.

AAVSO light curve for Nova Del2013


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: mclewis1]
      #6034311 - 08/19/13 10:51 AM

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No longer brightening ... now appears to be falling off as fast as it brightened. Better catch it while you can.

AAVSO light curve for Nova Del2013


Thanks Mark - not particularly interested in the nova's magnitude but its developing spectrum - a totally different subject :-)

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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6040599 - 08/22/13 06:21 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

and so it changes - viewed in realtime tonight with cursor on raw linear spectrum

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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6041749 - 08/23/13 11:54 AM

Maurice,

Very nice results. It's been very interesting following some of the changes to the Nova's spectrum over it's brightening and fall off.

I notice that today's APOD is also a Nova spectrum. Link to image

The strong Ha absorption line and the multiple lines in the light blue line up nicely with your images.

Do you have anymore images to illustrate the changes over time?


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: mclewis1]
      #6042998 - 08/24/13 05:42 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

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Maurice, Very nice results. It's been very interesting following some of the changes to the Nova's spectrum over it's brightening and fall off. I notice that today's APOD is also a Nova spectrum. Link to image The strong Ha absorption line and the multiple lines in the light blue line up nicely with your images. Do you have anymore images to illustrate the changes over time?


Many thanks Mark - interesting, but IMHO a modest, APOD - the colour although pleasing to the eye, suppresses the lines in the spectrum from my experience.

My 5 day sequence of the last week below - the 'rise' of the emission lines is characteristic of a nova at this stage. A Rainbow Optics grating 'filter' place ~20mm in front of the CCD sensor splits the starlight by wavelength and is offset to the side of the 'real' image of the star to the left.

When the cursor is places on the downloaded spectrum the profile is instantly seen in realtime in a pane beneath the main field image and fascinating to watch in an exposure loop of typically 2 or 3 seconds - sort off instant science !

ps: A decade ago I asked Starlight Xpress for this 'row profile' option for my spectroscopy and they incorporated it into all mono cam s/ware since!


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6043392 - 08/24/13 11:15 AM

Maurice,

Many thanks for the effort ... that is just fascinating.


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: mclewis1]
      #6044942 - 08/25/13 10:40 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Caught it last night with my CPC1100 and MCX... still quite 'bright' given how dim the surrounding field is, mag 11-12 labeled stars here in this plate sovle: Delphinus SN2013

Al

(60 second exposure, F5 or so using a Lumicon Deep Sky filter... no processing, just screen grab)


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #6052722 - 08/29/13 02:48 PM

Nice shot Here's my mixed bag of spectra from last three nights - stars are not just dots !

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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6085998 - 09/17/13 01:20 PM

My video clip of the nova and its spectrum taken this summer

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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6086029 - 09/17/13 01:32 PM

Very cool video, nice work.

Not thrilled with the "Star Wars" text, but I guess others will like it.


Thanks Maurice


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: mclewis1]
      #6087303 - 09/18/13 03:38 AM

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Very cool video, nice work. Not thrilled with the "Star Wars" text, but I guess others will like it. Thanks Maurice


Thanks Mark - the "Star Wars" text culled from my earlier 2009 nova video saved "reinventing the wheel".

BTW my Nytecam Channel on Youtube grosses nearly a million hits so keep clicking


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6087648 - 09/18/13 10:08 AM

This is a cool presentation and great effort. Very educational on technique and information rich. I suggest you post it to other forums as well for the audience who are more interested in and appreciate this quality research work!!

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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: nytecam]
      #6087815 - 09/18/13 11:37 AM

Excellent job done on your video Maurice, I really enjoyed it! Thank you.

Chris


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Re: bright nova in evening sky new [Re: Chris A]
      #6087914 - 09/18/13 12:23 PM

I enjoyed it too.

Good work Maurice


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