I had my first glimpse of Nova Centauri 2013 (PNV J13544700-5909080) at 5:14 am local (Adelaide) time today, near dawn, as the sky was starting to turn blue.
All I can really say from that hurried observation, given the finder chart I was using, is that it was brighter than the magnitude 4.33 comparison star (JD 2456631.28102, >4.33). I used 7×50 binoculars.
What an awesome sight!
Tomorrow morning I need to be better prepared by:
- being outside about 45 mins earlier;
- using additional comparison stars from the AAVSO alert notice.