Galactic Nova ASASSN-17hx rises… again! – 22 July 2017

More than one month after its discovery, the galactic nova ASASSN-17hx is still climbing! Last night we spotted it as bright as mag. 9.4 in our CCD images and we bet it will do even more. Time will say, for now here it is!

Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx in Scutum: 22 July 2017

Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx in Scutum: 22 July 2017

The image above is the average of five, 30-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel. The object is marked with two red lines, in the center.

As we mentioned above, we have found ASASSN-17hx at magnitude 9.4 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4), so appreciably brighter than the previous night (mag. 9.7)! Of course we will keep looking at this object, to see how it will evolve. For sure, it is now bright enough to be visible with very small telescopes/binoculars: visual observers will find it around  magnitude 10.0, requiring a 50 mm large instruments. You can use our charts to find this nova: do not miss this opportunity!

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