Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx updates: new images from 01 and 02 Aug. 2017

After its peak, the galactic nova ASASSN-17hx continues to slowly fade, still being an easy target. Here are CCD images and data captured on 01 & 02 Aug. via the Virtual Telescope Project.

Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx in Scutum: 01 (up) and 02 (down) August 2017

Galactic nova ASASSN-17hx in Scutum: 01 (up) and 02 (down) August 2017

Both the images provided in the panel above come for the average of five, 5-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. Further details are on the image itself.

On 01 Aug., we’ve found ASASSN-17hx at mag. 8.1, while on 02 Aug. the object was at mag. 8.2 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). This seems to confirm the fading trend we observed last time. The object is still a very easy target visually, accessible with modest equipment (check AAVSO for updates). We made available some useful star charts to find this nova, right now the Moon can heavily interfere with the observations. Our follow-up will continue on the upcoming nights.

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