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#1 Gavster

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:52 AM

I had a lovely observing session at the weekend at a darkish site (post midnight the sqm reading went just over 21).

I was using my c11 with a 0.75x reducer and a 55mm plossl and this setup was working well with f speed of around 3.5. Not as fast as I would ideally like but some decent image scale.

So I thought I would try to see a supernova for the first time. My target was the mag 13.5 Supernova SN2019np in NGC3254.

It turned out to be a very straightforward observation - maybe NV works particularly well on supernovae but it seemed much brighter than many of the surrounding stars.

I took an 8 second exposure phone photo of it for posterity (not a particularly pretty image but one I will keep smile.gif ) The galaxy is south east of centre and the supernova can be clearly seen on the left hand side of the galaxy!

 

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#2 Joko

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:53 AM

Hi Gavin, beautiful picture.

I saw this supernova last night with my NVD. NV is helpful.

Without it, I couldn't see it.

My sky is bortle 6 so pretty bad...


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:58 PM

Thats just incredible



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:23 PM

Wow, that's cool!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:48 PM

Great capture Gavin.  The supernova is CLEARLY visible!  Pretty amazing this light has been en route for almost 105 million years and nothing got in the way of those photons until they hit your C-11!  Boggles my mind...

 

Here's a little more info with another image posted on Sky & Telescope:  

https://www.skyandte...3254-leo-minor/

 

In January 2014, I was able to see SN2014J in M82 just 2 days after discovery and had a hard time looking at anything else that night.  This was long before my NVD or phone imaging.  But it was mesmerizing to me as I had just looked at the galaxy a week before the supernova... so it stood out like a sore thumb!  

 

For sure, that's a keeper image.  

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:40 PM

Wow. Have used any filters?



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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:16 AM

Wow. Have used any filters?

Unfiltered for this one since I was at a relatively dark site and observing galaxies rather than nebulae


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