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05-12-2011, 11:29 AM
The latest Supernova discovered by Stu Parker doesn't have a proper name just yet so it's title is as above.
I observed the Supernova in NGC 1404 in First quarter moonlight and I had to use high mag as the seeing was poor with high thin cloud and bright sky.
I then waited till after the Moon went down and was able to observe it quite easily,
the lowest power eyepiece it was observed in is a 17mm type4 nagler
at 100xmag but just looks like an exstension of the galaxy.
Observed in eyepieces 13mm 140x mag 9mm Nagler 200x mag and 6mm radian 300xmag, plus various combinations of barlow and eyepieces .
Ngc 1404 is quite bright at 10.87 and is in the field with another bright galaxy mag 9.85 NGC 1399 which are all part of the Fornax cluster.
It is one of the brightest Supernova in the Southern Hemisphere for a long time and should be able to be observed in telescope from 8" upwards .
It will be interesting to see how bright this SN gets? my guess is about 11.7mag.
To see images of the Supernova which will help you to observe it see Here
Reports would be appreciated
05-12-2011, 11:42 AM
:) Thanks for the report Ron. If it ever clears here, I'll have to have a look see and maybe even image it.
05-12-2011, 10:14 PM
Thanks Ron, fingers crossed for some reasonable observing conditions.
17-12-2011, 07:27 PM
Thanks Ron, first I had heard of this one. For sure worth a look this new moon coming round now.
You guys have it way up high and it will be a far better view for the IceInSpace 'natives'. This year is really quite the year for SuperNova. There are so many people now doing just supernova searching we hear about them much faster as well.
I bet many of you caught the SuperNova near Tarantula nebula some years back?
Oh and if you are lucky enough to be around may you enjoy Eta Car, THAT would be REALLY something!
19-12-2011, 05:26 AM
I had a chance to view the supernova in NGC 1404 last night from northern California (dec +38.7). I'd guesstimate the brightness at mag 12.0, though I didn't a chart that showed reference magnitudes. The supernova was approximately the same brightness as a star that's situated just off the southeast edge of the halo. In any case, it's quite a sight, so close to the core of the galaxy and looks like a "double" with the core at lower power (I used 285x for the best view).
I took the opportunity to go through the Fornax cluster again, taking notes on about 20 galaxies!
Has anyone else observed it in the last few days?
19-12-2011, 10:23 AM
I saw it on the 15th and it was very distinct in spite of very poor transparency. I made a sketch (http://http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/attachment_browse.php?a=105643) at 250X. Your description is very accurate.
19-12-2011, 10:05 PM
Saw it on the 15th as well. Was nice and clear in the 12". What scope were you using Steve?
19-12-2011, 10:20 PM
Could we call it ....... Warren Stu Parker ( SN Stu Parker),,,,,,,,,,:rofl:
only cause Warrens nickname is supernova,,,,,,,,:rofl:
Just a thought:shrug:;):P:D
19-12-2011, 10:47 PM
Unfortunatly we don't get to name Supernovae after their discoverer:sadeyes:
But it does have a name now:D Supernova 2011iv
Pretty mundane hey ? :(
20-12-2011, 12:28 AM
Thanks Ron! :) :)
ps and yes that is mundane....thinking that we could spice up astronomy with a bit more tangible names.......like "Terrys Comet" or "Bartmans Planet" or "Microsofts Vista Asteroid":lol:....etc etc......
20-12-2011, 12:45 AM
Bart, the problem with Supernova is they don't hang around for long:(
They are Just like a Flash in a pan :)
So what would you be naming ? nothing!! because it is not there any more :rolleyes:
20-12-2011, 02:56 AM
I would be naming them.........:
and a bit way off but I thought I would throw it in the skittle anyways....
SN-MidNightMan ......reference to Flash And the Pan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdkxhVyd7bU&feature=related)( just the title ...not in anyway the words or meaning to those words contained in the song......jeeeezz disclaimers are a biatch these days.... :rofl::rolleyes::rofl::rolleyes:.)
20-12-2011, 07:06 AM
I saw the SN on Saturday night with a 16" scope @225x using an 8mm EP.
I thought it was a bit brighter than the star on the other side of NGC 1404.
20-12-2011, 07:09 AM
I observe with an 18" (Zambuto mirror), though I have a 24" f/3.6 on order!
21-12-2011, 07:50 PM
How exciting! I'll definitely check it out!
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