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Thursday, November 10, 2016

 

Nova Sagittarius 2016 (9 November 2016)

Nova Sgr 2016. Stack of 11 x 15 second 400 ASA exposures, taken with the Canon IXUS on 9 November 2016 at 21:24 ACDST. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.Click to Embiggen.Chart of the sky in the "teapot" of Sagittarius for comparison stars. the large circle is the field of view of 10x 50 binoculars. Click to embiggen. 

Got a much better look at the bright nova in Sagittarius, PNV J18205200-2822100, which has gone above the unaided eye brightness threshold of magnitude 6.0. This time I got to see it at astronomical twilight, when it was still relatively high above the horizon, and there was less cloud about this time.

still pretty clear, with better comparison stars I estimate it to be magnitude 5.9 (maybe a smidgen brighter). It will be interesting to keep monitoring over the next week to see if it fades or brightens some more.

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