First glimpse of Nova Centauri 2013!

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:

  1. being outside about 45 mins earlier;
  2. using additional comparison stars from the AAVSO alert notice.

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