Saturday, July 29, 2017
How to see Bright Nova ASSN-17hx from Australia
Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx has brightened remarkably since it was first seen at magnitude 12.5, it is now magnitude 8-9. It may have peaked, and observations are reguested to follow this bright nova.
The Nova is definitely bright enough to be seen in small telescopes, and may even be picked up in binoculars from dark sky locations. Watching over the next few days will reveal if it brightens more or fades.
It is visible from the southern hemisphere and Australia. from astronomical twlight (and hour and a half after sunset to astronomical twight. It is higest and best for observation around 10 pm local time.
The Moon is setting around midnight so viewing and imaging is best after Moon set. However, over the coming days this means the nova will be closer to the horizon.
The J2000 location of the NOVAis RA = 18:31:45.918, Dec = -14:18:55.57