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"The best observing practice is to adopt a star and stick to it - *density of observation* is very critical.  Until you don't like it any more - then adopt a different star!" --Joe Patterson (Columbia University, CBA boss)

Our first observing priority are accreting white dwarfs which have been observed to host classical nova explosions. As Joe Patterson said on 2016 Apr 25, A word about this project - the long-term "old nova project". We'd like to track the evolution of nova orbital light curves, over the first few decades after outburst. The most interesting interval is the first few years, so even very recent novae (say 1-3 years) are eligible. Most novae flash orbital light curves, and most show a very characteristic light curve, suggesting heating of the secondary - a double-sinusoid with an apparent eclipse. In theory, the evolution of the "eclipse" and the double wave allows deduction of the changing pattern of heating in the binary... and that might even allow us to track the cooling of the white dwarf, decades after eruption.

Last updated by Laura Chomiuk on 2017 Dec 3.

Exoplanets Edit

KELT Transit Finder- There won't be set comparison stars for these. Just choose 3 stars in your field that have similar brightness as your target star, and note their x/y positions. Try get an hour before and/or after the transit, and make sure to make a finder chart of your field.

Novae Edit

DN Gem: RA = 06 54 54.35, Dec = +32 08 28.0 Edit

  • Old nova that exploded in 1912
  • Please get long sequences on this guy, preferably in clear filter.


Retired (at least presently): Edit

FS Aur: 05:47:48.36, +28:35:11.2

Paloma=RX J0524+4244: 05:24:30.44, +42:44:50.8

DW Cnc: 07:58:53.07, +16:16:45.4

  • Finder chart
  • More info on Koji's intermediate polar (IP) page
  • 1.4 hour orbital period; 39 minute white dwarf spin period.
  • "DQ Her"-like, or an intermediate polar. So the white dwarf has a pretty strong magnetic field.
  • Should be in the range 15--17.5 mag. So either V band or clear monitoring may work; if you have opinions on which is better, report back!

YZ CNC: 08:10:56.65, +28:08:33.2

  • Finder chart
  • Variable Type: SU UMa type dwarf nova
  • Campaign Timeframe: ongoing
  • Filter to use: V
  • Exposure Length: not specified
  • Orbital Period: 2.08 hours
  • Outburst Period: 7-10 days
  • Superoutburst Period: 100-110 days
  • Quiescence Magnitude: 14.8
  • Outburst Max Magnitude: 12.0
  • Superoutburst Max Magnitude: 11.0

AM CVn: 12:34:54.62, +37:37:44.1 --- retired as of Summer 2017

CR Boo: 13:48:55.22, +07:57:35.8

  • Variable Type: AM CVn type dwarf nova
  • Campaign Timeframe: ongoing
  • Filter to use: Clear
  • Exposure Length: not specified
  • Quiescence Magnitude: ~15.0

OV Boo: 15:07:22.35, +52:30:39.8

ES Dra: 15:25:31.81, +62:01:00.0

  • Variable Type: Z Cam dwarf nova
  • Campaign Timeframe: ongoing
  • Filter to use: V (Clear if too dim)
  • Exposure Length: not specified
  • Period: 4.2 hours
  • Quiescence Magnitude: 15.4
  • Negative Superhump Magnitude: 17.0
  • Finder chart

IGR J19552+0044: 19 55 12.47 +00 45 36.6

  • Finder chart
  • Short exposures (as short as possible!)
  • Comparison Stars: 148, 145, 158

V2306 Cyg: 19 58 14.46 +32 32 42.4

Nova V339 Del: RA= 20 23 30.73  Dec= +20 46 04.1

  • This is a nova that went off in 2013 that is still optically bright, at V ~ 14.5 mag. We want to monitor it to see if we can find the binary period.
  • Observe this one in V band for long time series.
  • Finder chart

V1974 Cyg: 20:30:31.61, +52:37:51.3

  • Finder chart
  • Use comparison stars 139, 142, 146
  • Filter to use: Clear

V2069 Cyg: 21 23 44.83 +42 18 01.6

V598 Peg = RX233325.92+152222: 23:33:25.99, +15:22:22.2

FY Per: RA= 04 41 56.60, Dec= +50 42 36.0

  • FY Per is a total mystery star. A well-determined spectroscopic period of 0.2585 d, but every so often, a 90-minute photometric period pops up just a few hundredths of a magnitude, but not particularly difficult to study since the star is 12th mag. One of these years, we should figure it out!
  • Finder chart
  • Nice long sequences on this guy, preferably in V filter.

Nova ASASSN-17hx: RA=18:31:45.918, Dec= -14:18:55.57 ===

  • Finder chart
  • Please get nice B, V, R, I exposures (say, just three exposures in each filter) every night you observe. You don't need to sit on this one for monitoring sequences.
  • Comparison Star: 127
  • Check Star 1: 134
  • Check Star 2: 120
  • Don't need to submit to CBA; these are for Laura! Send to chomiuk-AT-pa.msu.edu instead

FO Aqr: 22:17:55.38, -08:21:03.8

  • Finder chart
  • In an interesting low-state right now. Subject of AAVSO campaign
  • Should be around 15 mag.
  • Use a 'clear' filter and take short exposure (<60 seconds), as you are trying to resolve an 11 minute period. -->

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