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Just saw the new supernova in M82 this evening! Well chuffed. All I can say is... BLIMEY! It may only be a dot like a star in the middle of the galaxy but it blowed my brains that something so small could be so bright to stand out from a galaxy that is 12 million light years away!  I also felt quite humbled too that I was seeing something that has taken that many years to get to earth and that little old me on the 25th January 2014 was able to see such a thing. Another trophy to add to the collection! Hope others get to see it soon.

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Hi Ben. Same here. I struggled to find it the other night, turns out I was looking a little too high in the sky. With the low mag eyepiece I saw both M81 and M82 in the same view tonight.

Wow, I suppose I was expecting it to be a bit brighter, not sure why. But the fact that I could see the light of a star that exploded 12 million years ago .... As you say, totally awe inspiring.

Certainly understood more tonight the meaning of averted vision. Really made a difference.

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Good effort lads - well done!  I've also been out tonight trying to locate it.  I was up against time and the cloud here in Herefordshire, but I've had half an hour on it. 

But, unfortunately without the same success as you guys.  I think my scope is a little too small in aperture to pick out the SN.  I picked up M81 & M82 without issue and then stayed on them trying to pick it out. 

The seeing around here isn't briliiant with all this moisture in the air, so can't say for certain that I can't pick it up ever, but alas, not tonight.  I'll have to try another day.

All the same, congratulations.  Hopefully it will hang on a little while longer so we can all get more time on it.

Cheers

Tony

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Cheers Tony. I did read that it may get a bit brighter yet, but at least hang around for a while yet. One clear night over the next week or so should do it.

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Hi Ben. Same here. I struggled to find it the other night, turns out I was looking a little too high in the sky. With the low mag eyepiece I saw both M81 and M82 in the same view tonight.

Wow, I suppose I was expecting it to be a bit brighter, not sure why. But the fact that I could see the light of a star that exploded 12 million years ago .... As you say, totally awe inspiring.

Certainly understood more tonight the meaning of averted vision. Really made a difference.

Yeah I had to use a bit of averted on it too  although through my 7mm which is about 200x I managed to be able to look at it directly if I stared at it quite hard. Preferred the view through my 12mm as it gave a good balance of seeing M82 well and the SN well also.

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Managed to see it last night from suburban skies in a 4". At the very limit of (averted) vision though. Very awe-inspiring.

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Congrats, I hope to catch it soon because I haven't seen it yet :(.

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I saw it too.

First light in my new C8 in LP skies.

It was better with a neodymium filter.  I wasn't sure if the dot was a local star but if everybody else is sure then I'm sure!

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It still blows my mind that to us its just happened, but it actually happened 11.4 million years ago  :) 

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Congratulations Ben. Quite something isn't it. Keep checking it now as you'll hopefully see its brightness evolve over the next few days - weather permitting of course.

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Good job guys! I'm eager for a clear night so I can begin searching for it myself. Any pics?

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