In case you didn’t catch the New Nova In Sagittarius alert the other day… You might want to pay a little closer attention because it is brightening by leaps and bounds! Captured 4 days ago by our friends at Macedon Ranges Observatory and shared exclusively with UT Readers, the up-to-the-minute reports show it is now clearly a binocular object and may have even reached unaided eye visibility.
AAVSO Special Notice #106
April 25, 8:09 am EST
According to reports, Nova Sgr 2008 continues to brighten,
with the last measurements from Alexandre Amorim
indicating about V=6.5 on 20080423.0993.
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Luckily, many AAVSO program stars are in Saggitarius,
and if you use a B-scale or larger field with VSP, you
will find many sequence stars from which to choose.
Keep watching this nova as it brightens; few professional
telescopes can observe this bright, while with a pair
of binoculars it is an easy target. We will be uploading
a BVRI calibration in a few days, in plenty of time
to follow the decline.
This nova’s coordinates are RA 18:05:58.90 Dec -27:13:56.3 . For those who would like to try their hand with binoculars? Aim just a couple of fingerwidths north of the tip of the “teapot” spout. It will by far be the brightest in the field. Use the included map – the circled area is the rough location and the magnitudes are set so that anything that appears brighter than what you see in the circle will be the nova.