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#1 Bakes

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:18 PM

I had been watching SS Cygni since the outburst during Stellafane this year. About 42 days have passed since. Well, tonight is the last night before we expect some heavy rain for a few days. Then the bright-of-the-Moon period. So I took one last look just now... and it has erupted!

 

I could barely see it in the 4 inch refractor last night. Tonight it is nearly as bright as the (8.5?) mag star just east of it. Brighter than the star preceding it to the west.

 

Glad I was able to catch it before the weather goes sour.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:38 PM

And... That's All Folks!

 

I went back out and about five minutes later a horizon-to-horizon stratus layer formed almost instantly. I guess I'll see you all on the other side of the Full Moon.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:06 PM

Coolness! I love watching recurring nova.

 

Neat stuff.



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:58 AM

SS Cygni is one of the most-watched variables in the AAVSO database and I have added a few entries, too.  :cool:

 

It will sit quietly, right at the edge of seeing with my 5 inch refractor (12.1, 12.2), then pop off like a flashbulb!

 

I always enjoy seeing this one.

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 12:11 PM

I'll never forget the first time I saw a recurring nova in outburst. Every chance I got I would sweep through my active list of variable stars which is mostly long-period variables and a few recurring nova. When I'd check the nova I'd examine the star field... nuth'n, examine the star field... nuth'n, examine the star field... nuth'n, then one time I examined the star field and I didn't recognize it. There was this bright star right in the middle that didn't belong there! Duh. Probably the funniest duh moment I've ever had. :) It was so amazing spending time with the field realizing what I was watching.

 

Neat stuff.


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Posted 31 July 2015 - 08:56 PM

Normally, I would not be out during a full moon. But considering we've had five days of clouds or thick haze, the humidity is low tonight, and (especially) I have a new DeLite ready for first light, I've decided to set up.

 

Glad I did. SS Cyg has popped again. Can anyone with better weather than I tell me this flare up began?

 

Heading back outside...


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Posted 01 August 2015 - 10:26 AM

According the lightcurve it started around 27 july.


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 11:23 AM

Early A.M. on 3 August 2015, I estimated it at 8.4 (8.0, 8.5, 8.9) with 90mm refractor at 36X.



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Posted 08 August 2015 - 07:20 AM

Just starting back down, 8.7 (85,96) August 8, 2:18 UT.

 

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 07:54 AM

Hi All,

 

I'm not a variable star observer like most of you might be.  I take Pictures.

 

But I did want to get an image of SS Cyg in outburst.  Saw it once many years ago.

 

Took an image Sept. 10. and again yesternight Sept. 15.
 

And made this gif-animation:

http://www.astro-opt...s-cygni-ani.gif

 

SS Cyg might have peaked, and be on it's way down at time of imaging.

 

Best regards

Mogens Zachariasen

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Edited by MZ AO DK, 16 September 2015 - 08:09 AM.

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 03:14 PM

Nice animation! SS Cyg is still very near peak and will indeed be fading in the next few days. It seems to have changed it's period from the 50 or so days I recall from past years, the AAVSO light curve generator shows it close to 40 days for the last several cycles.

 

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 07:51 AM

FWIW - SS Cygni has "erupted" again! :cool:

 

I estimated in on December 29 at 12.0 mag.  Then when I went to it last night, I noticed a new bright star in the eighth magnitude triangle asterism I use to find it.  SS Cygni had blossomed again and last night I estimated it at 8.6 mag.

 

I immediately rushed into the house to announce the news to my wonderful spouse -- and got the "That's wonderful dear. What is SS Cygni?" response.  :lol:

 

I guess it's hard to explain to someone who doesn't love variable stars. They are forever changing and I don't think I have ever seen the "same old, same old" any two nights of my observing career.

 

Cheers and Happy New Year to all my AAVSO friends!

 

Ron


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 08:12 AM

Ron, and a Happy New Year to you to.

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:56 AM

Hello

Nice post here.

This variable is likely to go into outburst very soon.

So yesterday night I was on the field to have a first contact, here's my souvenir:

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AAVSO is requesting a close monitoring because a special radio campaign is underway.

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 07:58 AM

For those interested, here's a link  for the latest SS Cyg observing request.

 

http://www.aavso.org...cial-notice-412

 

Rich (RLTYS)



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:49 PM

This probably goes without saying, but I would recommend that one use the AAVSO sky chart for proper identification.


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Posted 11 February 2016 - 01:52 AM

Feb 11th - 5:00 UTC The burnout is on the way.

During a little bit more than 1 hour I estimated the light increase of nearly one magnitude.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 02:02 AM

This probably goes without saying, but I would recommend that one use the AAVSO sky chart for proper identification.

Of course "one" don't have to use my sketch (here before)   :lol: !

Michel


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:16 AM

I resurrect this old thread (instead of starting a new one) to bring your attention to SS Cygni, which is in undergoing a new outburst since about a day.

Cyg-SS.png

 

Yesterday I had the fortune of picking up SS Cyni at an early outburst stage for the first time (at mag 10.1). It really pays to make regular checks at this star position whenever one is out observing.

 

 


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:49 AM

I estimated it on November 3 and it was just calming down after its last outburst.  Then I caught it again after our Thanksgiving holiday and it was back to its old mag. 12.0 self.  Another outburst in just over a month seems a bit sooner than normal.

 

No wonder it's one of the most popular variables.  You never know what you are going to see.

 

I try to look at it twice a week when it's visible to me, but our weather has been very bad this year.  We are on course for a year with record rainfall.  tongue2.gif

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:44 AM

You are right Ron about this star being a good target, fun, easy to find and bewildering. Incidentally, it seems to have reached almost mag 8 this time, which is not that usual for this star. Hope you can get a glance before it plunges again! Good luck!

 

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 12:45 PM

Hi indeed the last night 01/12/2018 - 20:35 UTC, I did a "brillant" estimation of this recuring nova : +7.7, well this value is strange so I'm waiting for confirmation. ???

I did already 161 observation of this star, all in the AAVSO under DMIB, so you imagine I do know the field.

In 2016 I wrote a paper in a French amateur magazine only about this star, here's the link:

 

https://www.aavso.or...paper-astrosurf

 

Clear sky to you all

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 12:50 PM

Hi indeed the last night 01/12/2018 - 20:35 UTC, I did a "brillant" estimation of this recuring nova : +7.7, well this value is strange so I'm waiting for confirmation. ???

I did already 161 observation of this star, all in the AAVSO under DMIB, so you imagine I do know the field.

In 2016 I wrote a paper in a French amateur magazine only about this star, here's the link:

 

https://www.aavso.or...paper-astrosurf

 

Clear sky to you all

Michel

That is interesting, Michael, mag 7.7 is the upper range as given in VSX (https://www.aavso.or...l.top&oid=10939). Will see in the next few days!

 

Unfortunately I cannot read French fluently. In any case, note that the link found in the AAVSO's forum is defunct.



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Posted 02 December 2018 - 01:47 PM

That is interesting, Michael, mag 7.7 is the upper range as given in VSX (https://www.aavso.or...l.top&oid=10939). Will see in the next few days!

 

Unfortunately I cannot read French fluently. In any case, note that the link found in the AAVSO's forum is defunct.

I know for the first link but you have to upload the file at the end of the AAVSO message, this is a 6 pages PDF.

Michel


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 03:37 PM

Just to bring your attention to a new SS Cygni outburst. Enjoy!

 

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