SN 1996x in NGC5061

Position: 13 18 01.13   -26 50 45.3   [2000.0]

Gordon J. Garradd, Loomberah, Australia, and S. Nakano, Sumoto, Japan, report the independent discoveries of an apparent supernova in NGC 5061 by Robert O. Evans (Coonabarabran, N.S.W., on Apr. 12.5 UT, mag about 13, visual) and by Kesao Takamizawa (Saku-machi, Nagano-ken, on Apr. 12.618, mag 13.5, T-Max 400 film),respectively. R. and Y. Kushida (Yatsugatake) report the following precise position for SN 1996X from a CCD frame exposed on Apr. 13.480: R.A. = 13h18m01s.13, Decl. = -26o50'45".3 (equinox 2000.0; mag 14.0), which is about 52" west and 31" south of the galaxy's centre. From a CCD exposure on Apr. 13.443, Garradd provides a position for the supernova with position end figures 01s.14, 46".0. Evans reports that no object was seen at this position on Mar. 24; Y. Kushida reports that a patrol film (Technical Pan 6415, limiting mag 15.5) exposed on 1993 Feb. 24 shows nothing at this position. Furthermore, no object is present at this location on the digital sky survey (field taken in May 1976). A nearby field star of mag about 16 has position end figures 03s.33, 30".5. (IAUC 6380)
CCD image by Mark Armstrong. 1996 April 23.

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