Supernova spotted in M82

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Supernova spotted in M82
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:57:05 PM »
http://www.universetoday.com/108386/bright-new-supernova-blows-up-in-nearby-m82-the-cigar-galaxy/

Anyone take a look yet?  I finally got some clear skies tonight to test out my new spotting scope.  It's a 20-60x80, and not an expensive one at that, but I could still just barely see it.  I'll try the telescope tomorrow if it's still clear.  I'm in the middle of converting to 1.25" eyepieces and it also needs some collimating, but I'll give it a shot.

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014, 12:01:56 AM »
http://www.universetoday.com/108386/bright-new-supernova-blows-up-in-nearby-m82-the-cigar-galaxy/

Anyone take a look yet?  I finally got some clear skies tonight to test out my new spotting scope.  It's a 20-60x80, and not an expensive one at that, but I could still just barely see it.  I'll try the telescope tomorrow if it's still clear.  I'm in the middle of converting to 1.25" eyepieces and it also needs some collimating, but I'll give it a shot.

It's quite striking with just a 5" Mak, even from Central London!

Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 08:23:51 AM »
Expected to reach magnitude 8 (visible with binoculars), currently at 11..  That will be a good test for my Nikon 10-22x50 binos. 

I wonder how Sceptimatic explains it. 

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 08:30:39 AM »
Expected to reach magnitude 8 (visible with binoculars), currently at 11..  That will be a good test for my Nikon 10-22x50 binos. 

I wonder how Sceptimatic explains it.

Looked like mag 9 last night.

Reflection of him testing out a new spotlight I should imagine.

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 09:56:19 AM »
Expected to reach magnitude 8 (visible with binoculars), currently at 11..  That will be a good test for my Nikon 10-22x50 binos. 

I wonder how Sceptimatic explains it.

Maybe a hole in The Great Ice Dome thawed out letting light from The Great Beyond to be seen.
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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2014, 10:00:53 AM »
"mag 9"

Yeah, that would be more realistic I guess since I was able to see it with only a spotting scope.  I am glad now I spent the extra money for the 80mm lens vs 60mm anyways. 

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 10:37:32 AM »
"mag 9"

Yeah, that would be more realistic I guess since I was able to see it with only a spotting scope.  I am glad now I spent the extra money for the 80mm lens vs 60mm anyways.

Well, depends on your sky conditions too. I wouldn't like to try for it here with anything smaller than 100mm.

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 01:01:26 PM »
You guys!!!  Tsk.....

Doncha know the sunóas we describe itódoesn't really exist?

It's merely a magnified reflection of a heavenly 1,000W spotlight reflected off the inside of a mirrored dome.  It's not a two nonillion kilogram ball of gasses undergoing constant thermonuclear reactions.  The images you're seeing in your telescopes (which are all built by the Illuminati in a secret factory inside the planet) are a combination of lens flare, plus tiny engravings etched on one of the lens elements (that are too small to see even with a microscope).

I thought anybody'd know that.

Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 08:19:18 PM »
I seen it yesterday, didn't know what it was though but I seen several stars fall out of heaven.

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Re: Supernova spotted in M82
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2014, 12:44:09 AM »
Interesting. I might have to beg, borrow or steal a spotters scope or visit the cabin where our telescope is.

I'm moving this as I'm not sure what relevance it has to FET.
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