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 Post subject: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:10 pm 
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I finally had the opportunity to view SN 2014J through a telescope on Saturday night. My shoulder still gives me quite a bit of pain and the mobility of my right arm is far from fully recovered but Saturday afternoon's perfectly clear skies gave me the incentive to go to the ASH Naylor Observatory again. Unlike Friday night, when a band of cloudiness appeared out of nowhere and hung in the northern sky the whole time I was there, the skies stayed clear long enough for me to observe the fading type Ia supernova through the club's 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain at 185, 216, 259, 324, and 360x. The best view was at 216x.

The conditions weren't the best and steadily deteriorated but, using magnifications of 185 and 216x, I was able to see the supernova more or less steadily with averted vision and occasionally with direct vision, with the scope stopped down to 6 inches.

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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:52 am 
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Congratulations.

I hunted for M82 last night but sky conditions here in SE Massachusetts were not good for any faint fuzzy. :(


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:21 am 
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Nice catch, Dave.

Joe, have you caught it at all yet?

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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
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Not yet :(

In a strange twist of fate I've been outside with my astronomy class a few times since it appeared, but have not had the chance to track it down on those nights. The two nights I've had for myself have been very poor seeing with stars only visible down to Mag 3. I've also been testing out my recently acquired C-8 using the school's mounts and have been avoiding using goto technology. I have access to a C-14 on a Paramount....I think next chance I get I'll just use that :p


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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:38 am 
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I haven't been able to see it either due to clouds and the placement in the sky when I've been out observing. I was hoping to catch it on Saturday night when I had plans to observe through my neighbor/friend's 24" but we had clouds that night. :(

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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:09 pm 
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I got to see it tonight, but was to cold to sketch it.

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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:03 am 
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rathbaster wrote:
I got to see it tonight, but was to cold to sketch it.

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Yeah, it's back to the ol' Siberian blast. I was reading about the maple syrup shortage due to the abnormally cold winter. Maple sap just isn't flowing. Anyway, glad you finally saw it. I don't blame you for avoiding a sketch. Fingers are too high of a commodity on my list as well.

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 Post subject: Re: SN 2014J at Last
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:57 pm 
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Had we found it earlier in the night, I and my students would have sketched it. We found it after a little over an hour in the cold and my fingers were already numb. The two students still with me were similarly cold, but one said he'd try and sketch it later from memory. He was so elated that he said he'd never forget exactly what he saw. :D

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