Supernova 2013am in Leo

In my continuing, ongoing shakedown, I set up a full LRGB series of M65 (NGC 3623) on the clear, moonless night of April 3. The forecast was good, so I set things running and went to bed. Somewhere in the green series, things murked up a bit, and the tracking crapped out for some of the greens and all of the blue.

M65 on April 3, 2013. 10-5 minute luminance exposures with LX200 12" at f/10 with ST10XME.

M65 on April 3, 2013. 10-5 minute luminance exposures with LX200 12″ at f/10 with ST10XME.

The luminance looked pretty good, except for the usual annoying, slightly oval star images.  But wow, quite by accident, the image shows Supernova 2013am, discovered on

Supernove 2013am

Supernova 2013am, UT 03:50 April 4. .47 arc-seconds/pixel

March 30 by M. Sugano (Japan).  I’m probably the only one who didn’t know this was now playing in one of Leo’s Kodak Photo Spots.  Still, hitting it by accident means I could have discovered it!  Well, if I had actually noticed it!  I found out about the supernova via a casual mention on a mailing list, and thought, “didn’t I just image that?”

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