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New nova spotted in Cassiopeia

On March 20th 2021 we were alerted that on March 18th a new nova had been discovered in Cassiopeia. The notice gave the position of the nova as RA 23h 24m 47.73s, Dec +61° 11’ 14.8” (J2000),  so that evening we took advantage of a break in the clouds to point a telescope in the appropriate direction and see if we could spot it. The resulting image was fed into the ASTAP plate solver so we could confirm we had found the nova from its coordinates.

The picture below shows the nova close to star HIP 115566 and near M52 and the Bubble Nebula.

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