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#1 jkmonroe

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Posted 20 May 2023 - 11:29 AM

Type II went boom in M101, the closest in decades according to what I am reading.

 

:D

 

https://twitter.com/...741993424285696

 

https://www.wis-tns..../discovery-cert

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 May 2023 - 11:37 AM

SN 2023ixf:

 

https://www.rocheste.../sn2023ixf.html

 

I don't know about decades…SN2014J was in M82 and a binoculars object. It was the closest in decades.

 

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Edited by BQ Octantis, 20 May 2023 - 11:43 AM.


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Posted 20 May 2023 - 11:40 AM

Thanks. Said he discovered it with a 14" at f/11 and a KAF sensor. That is awesome! I am trying to research his discovery process, but have come up empty. Anyone have any insight into Koichi Itagaki and how he made this discovery?

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Posted 20 May 2023 - 12:16 PM

I just checked my capture of M101 from 5/14  - no sign of the supernova on that date. I was able to match the other stars in the field with the post-discovery images on the web.


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Posted 20 May 2023 - 02:07 PM

SN 2023ixf:

 

https://www.rocheste.../sn2023ixf.html

 

I don't know about decades…SN2014J was in M82 and a binoculars object. It was the closest in decades.

 

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The exact phrase in the Twitter thread is "closest supernova in a decade" which is pretty accurate.  


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Posted 20 May 2023 - 04:09 PM

The exact phrase in the Twitter thread is "closest supernova in a decade" which is pretty accurate.  

To split hairs with the Twitterverse, SN 2014J was half the distance (12 mly vs. 21 mly) in January 2024 (less than a decade ago).

 

So maybe the closest in almost a decade?

 

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Posted 20 May 2023 - 10:21 PM

Supposed to be clear skies tomorrow fingerscrossed.gif .  I’m super excited to try to catch this.



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Posted 20 May 2023 - 10:37 PM

Let's try this again.

 

ZS73, 533MM, 360g, no filters.  Crappy seeing and noisy image, but the SN is pretty bright.

 

SN2023ixf - 27 x 30s for a total of 810 seconds.

 

2023ixf

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Posted 21 May 2023 - 01:02 AM

Could not resist.

The Sky opened up for a bit Last night just after midnight so I ran out with the Celestron 6se - .63 Reducer  -  Player One Uranus C Camera.  

 

 

M101   -   77 X 8 sec 348 gain May -20-23   -  Supernova clearly visible

 

M101 SN 77 X 8 sec 348 gain 05-20-23.jpg

 

 

M101 - 105 X 8 sec 348 Gain  -   From  March-15-23  --   No Sign of a Supernova

 

M101 No SN 105 X 8 sec 348 Gain 03-15-23.jpg

 

 

Both Images were cropped to remove evidence of the inevitable frame rotation since at 44th parallel 101 is pretty straight up and my mount is Alt Az.


Edited by OregonSky, 21 May 2023 - 01:21 AM.

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Posted 21 May 2023 - 07:04 AM

I inadvertently captured the Supernova in M101 Thursday night (2023-05-19 at 01:35 EDT around 05:30 UTC). I was doing EAA because the seeing and transparency were too poor to do any lengthy AstroPhoto runs.  Instead I was doing 10 minute live stacks of familiar objects just for fun including M101.  This image is a stack of 2 five minute subs taken with an ASI533MC Pro and an AT102ED Refractor working at fl:568mm because of the 0.8x Flatenner Reducer.  What a fantastic chance shot, apparently some hours prior to the discovery.

 

​SN 2023ixf in M101 - 2 x 300sec exp. for total of 10 minutesLive_jpeg_3e42c5af-b93f-4d88-a9d5-cb55bd9f1bd1~7.jpg


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Posted 21 May 2023 - 01:00 PM

Moderator Note:

 

Everyone please remember that the EAA Forum Rules require a caption with both the target name/identification and total exposure info for every image posted. Thanks.


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Posted 21 May 2023 - 01:20 PM

I believe I caught it (supernova in m101)...or not?

 

cropped M101 arm with supernova----80 frames 1200seconds

 

super 80frames 1200s

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Posted 21 May 2023 - 04:57 PM

I believe I caught it (supernova in m101)...or not?

 

cropped M101 arm with supernova----80 frames 1200seconds

 

Looks like it — congrats smile.gif


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Posted 21 May 2023 - 10:12 PM

Thanks to a 'heads-up' from Kiski Astronomer John L, on Saturday evening a number of us at the ORAS Observatory were able to image/EAA observe the newly discovered Type II supernova in M101 - "The Pinwheel Galaxy" located in Ursa Major.
Using my 8" SCT @ f6.3 and my ZWO ASI294MC camera & L-Pro filter, the supernova was easily observable, even in the very first subframe livestacked via Sharpcap.
Here's the EAA observation of the galaxy and supernova: (widefield and cropped/zoomed)

M101-05202023.jpg    M101v-05202023.jpg

(5 minute subframes, livestacked for 1 hour).

 

Here's a comparison pre-supernova observation of M101 taken a month ago (4/19) from Calhoun:

M101-04192023.jpg    M101v-04192023.jpg

(same telescope/camera info as above, also 5 minute subframes, livestacked for 1 hour).

 

M101 is well placed, nearly overhead in the evening sky just off the handle of the Big Dipper.


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Posted 21 May 2023 - 10:34 PM

Caught it tonight!

 

M101, 30 second shots, total integration time of 50 minutes.

 

M101 supernova

The supernova is obvious. Frankly, it was clear within 5 mins. Super easy and super cool!


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Posted 21 May 2023 - 11:03 PM

Holy cow this SN is bright.  Even in not full dark and smoky skies, it was obvious immediately.  AT130EDT at 728 mm;  0.8x FF/FR; ZWO LRGBSHO filters in ZWO EFW; ASI533MM at 5 C, 100 gain.  Stacked in Jocular.  36 x 30 sec LRGB subs.

 

M101, SN 2023ixf.  Zoomed view.

Messier 101 21May23 21 44 03 - SN 2023ixf
 
M101, SN 2023ixf.  Full field view (same subs, 36 x 30 sec).
Messier 101 21May23 21 43 42 -  SN 2023ixf
 
Note the intense blue color.  The same was true for the one last year (too lazy right now to look it up) in its early days.

 


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Posted 22 May 2023 - 01:31 AM

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M101, Fra500, ASI678MC, 94 x 30"

 

Two days after it was first reported, the supernova is now one of the brightest stars in the galaxy.


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Posted 22 May 2023 - 01:17 PM

Here’s my post with an EAA view of SN 2022hrs in NGC 4647.  You can see the intense blue there, too, which sparked a discussion started by Martin Meredith’s post.  SN 2022hrs was a Type Ia, though. 



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Posted 22 May 2023 - 07:44 PM

Got a few minutes to EAA observe M101 and SN2023ixf last night.   

 

Scope: Celestron C8 SCT with F/6.3 focal reducer.

Camera: ZO ASI 294MC Pro

Guided

 

This is a live stack of 60 x 30 second exposures, 121 gain, 30 offset, bin 2x2.  

The supernova is very bright and was visible from the very first frame.

My focus was terrible but still neat to observe.

 

M101 Stack 60 1800sxframes 1800s SN

 

More info: http://www.suffolksk...23ixf-in-m101/ 


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Posted 23 May 2023 - 09:18 AM

This is a side by side I did in paint. Both images are through my C5 taken with a Uranus-C camera.

Both are approximately 5 sec exposures stacked for 15 minutes. I cropped and rotated the galaxies to match their orientations. Left side taken last night 5/22/23, right side taken 9/30/22. Supernova is plainly visible at the 12 o'clock position.

 

 

M101 Comparison

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Posted 23 May 2023 - 08:12 PM

https://www.cloudyni...for-sn-in-m101/

Capturing the evolution through the eyes of the eVscope2, no post processing.

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Posted 24 May 2023 - 03:11 AM

I yesterday captured myself Bortle 8, AZ GTi (alt-az), Achromat 60/400 SVBony s501p, ASI224MC, IR/UV cut, 5s, gain 300, ~30-40 frames - 3-5min total (don't recall exactly), with darks/flats,

 

What strikes me - the huge difference between brightness of entire galaxy and a single star.

 

You don't see it on highly modified images but during live stack, the difference is striking

 

Live Stack version

 

101_live.jpeg

 

edit - removed post-processed due to forum rules.


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Posted 25 May 2023 - 02:29 PM

A little late, but the sky finally cleared and the wind paused just enough to get in pic of the supernova last night.

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Posted 25 May 2023 - 07:23 PM

To split hairs with the Twitterverse, SN 2014J was half the distance (12 mly vs. 21 mly) in January 2024 (less than a decade ago).

So maybe the closest in almost a decade?

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Posted 25 May 2023 - 08:05 PM

So at what day and time was the discovery

 I have data on the 20th at 8:56pm central. I could NEVER get that lucky as to photograph something like that 1st... 

 I literally have 1 photo from my asi2600mc and ES127mm of it. Then I moved on to another galaxy group.

 




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