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zeldaboy101
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New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new
      #6328336 - 01/22/14 12:59 PM

A new Type Ia supernova in M82 just appeared over the weekend. It should already be visible in small scopes as it is up to mag 12 now! Check out the link for more images and info.

http://blogs.discovery.com/inscider/2014/01/a-star-just-exploded-next-door-an...


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6328464 - 01/22/14 01:57 PM

Awesome! Hope I get a chance to see it.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6328541 - 01/22/14 02:33 PM

I observed M82 on Monday and did not see a star. I'll have to take another look

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6328578 - 01/22/14 02:51 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

I took a horrible image of M81 and M82 on the 20th of this month with my cell phone. I originally thought it was the 14th, but looked at the date on the file again just now.

Edited by Tobyus (01/22/14 03:29 PM)


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: Tobyus]
      #6328618 - 01/22/14 03:07 PM

I wish I had nice skies at night to even try to see it. It seems like the clouds/cold have filled my skies at nght for like since... the bigbang was a twinkle is someone's eye.



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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6328643 - 01/22/14 03:16 PM

I'll have a go tonight. Thanks for the link. Danny, you may live vicariously through my success since I live vicariously through your NEAF videos.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: nirvanix]
      #6328679 - 01/22/14 03:30 PM

Quote:

I live vicariously through your NEAF videos.






hopefully there will be a lot more this year.

just haven't heard much chatter execpt for the new ugly ioptron mount. I'll definitely be bugging the ceo again.


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! [Re: nirvanix]
      #6328692 - 01/22/14 03:36 PM

Plan on going out in the next couple of nights with my 10" to look at this SN.
M82 always seems to outperform M81 in my scope showing subtle mottled detail.

Edited by Philler (01/22/14 03:41 PM)


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6328956 - 01/22/14 05:30 PM

Thanks for the heads-up

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6329368 - 01/22/14 09:02 PM

Just got set up on the West Coast. I should be able to see it in my C8. Stay tuned.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: Tobyus]
      #6329487 - 01/22/14 10:16 PM

Tobyus, your pic doesn't seem to show the supernova.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: nirvanix]
      #6329495 - 01/22/14 10:21 PM

Cool! How long is it supposed to last?

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: petrus45]
      #6329557 - 01/22/14 10:53 PM

Too cold w/brutal winds to set up tonight. Tomorrow night looks about the same temp wise (-20F) but less wind.

How many opportunities does one get to see an exploding star?


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: herrointment]
      #6329581 - 01/22/14 11:12 PM

I've heard the peak is ~12 days away but you can never be sure with these things. It's currently brightening so there's still time to catch it.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6329615 - 01/22/14 11:37 PM

I just came in from observing it. 30's outside, but it was so worth it. It's bright! When I slewed to it, I spotted the galaxy by the supernova, before even seeing the gray fuzzy. No averted vision needed, at least not in an 8" SCT.

Amazing, i've never had the privilege of witnessing a supernova before.


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6329618 - 01/22/14 11:44 PM

Well it was exactly 0 deg F and very clear tonight. I wasn't going to go out, but heard about the M82 SN and had to give it a go. It's only my second SN, and the first (M74 in Aug 2013) was iffy. Not this one.

I thought about using my grab-n-go TV Pronto, but decided to go with my Teeter/Royce 10" and boy am I glad I did! I just got back inside and, wow - what a great, obvious, blazing supernova! Dim but easy with 21mm Pentax XL at 60x and crisp and bright w/14.5mm Pentax XL at 91X. It made me gasp out loud. Gorgeous! I hope any civilizations around that star hightailed it out of there in time.

Guys and gals - don't miss this one!


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6329623 - 01/22/14 11:47 PM

Initially it is about 15 days from when it goes to when it begins to fade give or take a day or two. It was found around the 15th of January according to S&T so by the end of the new moon cycle it should be peaked and then starting its gradual decline. In other words the next two weeks will be good to watch, then February will be fun to watch as the brightness decline. One should consider going AAVSO site and reporting their visual magnitudes.

Sky & Telescope has a nice article on it at this link.


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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: steveyo]
      #6329636 - 01/22/14 11:56 PM

I had about a 10 minute window between clouds, but spotted it with ease. We've had a week of clear skies, but today it snowed and by nightfall we had big fluffy clouds with good seeing in the gaps. I was able to set the scope just a couple feet out my backdoor. 50-67x gave me the best views, but it got too dim above that. Glad I caught it when I did!

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! new [Re: StrangeDejavu]
      #6329646 - 01/23/14 12:03 AM

is anyone taking pictures? its clouding up over here. i'm on the road for over a week starting tomorrow. hope to catch a glimpse when i return.

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Re: New supernova in M82 visible in small scopes! [Re: nirvanix]
      #6329675 - 01/23/14 12:22 AM

Quote:

Tobyus, your pic doesn't seem to show the supernova.




Yeah, I guess it was too dim to pick up with my telescope. Maybe one night soon it will be clear enough for me to get another look.


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