(IAAC) Obj: Supernova 2000cx - Inst: 20" f/10 classical Cassegrain equatorial

Observer: Dave Mitsky
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 2000/8/6 05:55 UT
Location of site: Colebrook, PA, USA (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: ~5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" f/10 classical Cassegrain equatorial
Magnification: 127x, 203x, 302x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): Supernova 2000cx
Category: Extragalactic star.
Class: Type Ia-peculiar supernova
Constellation: Pisces
Data: mag ~13.6  size 
Position: RA 01h:24m46s  DEC +09d:30'.5
SN 2000cx is this year's brightest supernova (reaching a peak magnitude of 13.1
to 13.2) and can be detected in apertures of as little as 8 inches.  The supernova
was quite easy to discern through the 20".  Boosting the magnification from 127x
(40mm Orion UltraScan) to 203x (25mm University Optics MK-70) and finally to 302x
(16.8mm Orion MegaVista) provided excellent views of this exploding star.  The 
supernova's parent galaxy, NGC 524, an 11.3 magnitude elliptical, was easily seen
as a moderately large, circular glow.  The supernova is situated about 2 arc 
minutes to the south of NGC 524 and thus seems to be rather isolated from the 
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