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Old 17-11-2009, 06:14 AM
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Thanks for the comments Les. I came close to a SN once myself. When I was actively observing in the 1980's I used the old 10" (still got it). I used to do pencil sketches and compare them to photos. I did one of a bright galaxy, for the life of me I can't remember which one - maybe 253 - and there was a spot I had seen that wasn't on the photo. Got pretty excited at that, but what to do, how do you report something like that? To Whom? Didn't know, but saw in the next issue of Astronomy magazine that the SN had been discovered by a Japanese amateur one week previously. Rats, so close. What do you do if you see something like that ... still don't know.
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