Wednesday, October 06, 2004

SN2004et

Last night I was able to see supernova SN2004et. It's located in the galaxy NGC 6946, part of the list of Finest NGC objects. It's faint, at about magnitude 12 or less, but I managed to see it with an 8" Dobsonian and a 7mm Pentax XL eyepiece, giving a magnification of about 171x.

This is the first supernova I've ever seen with a telescope. Quite exciting!

Big ups to Skyhound for their chart, I couldn't have identified the supernova without it.