Further to my post last night, the transient near Beta Centauri (PNV J13544700-5909080) has brightened to 4.6 overnight. Paul Camilleri (NSW) observed the nova candidate at magnitude 5 and soon after, Andrew Pearce (WA) reported a magnitude of 4.7, closely followed by 4.6.
2013 12 02.692
Possible new nova in Centaurus. Discovered by John Seach, Chatsworth Island, NSW Australia. Instrument DSLR with 50 mm f/1.0 lens. Visible on 6 images, limiting magnitude 11. Nothing visible on image taken with same instrument on November 26.69 UT 2013 limiting magnitude 11. Nothing visible on variable star index, DSS2-red, or minor planet checker.
See the CBAT page for some additional follow-up.
I can’t convey to you how frustrating it is to have to wait for decent weather to be able to make observations of this object!
- Sebastian Otero’s latest observation puts the nova at magnitude 4.3!
- As mentioned in the AAVSO forum thread, Steven Graham’s webcam in NZ may show that the outburst occurred on December 2.