Position: 01h 05m 05s.66 +54 00' 42".5 [J2000] Iida 01h 05m 05s.36 +54 00' 40".1 [J2000] Garradd 01h 05m 05s.32 +54 00' 40".6 [J2000] JamesThis nova was discovered by Yamamoto on films taken on 1995 August 24.57UT. The magnitude at discovery was 9.2. Pre-discovery images have been found on Mike Collins' patrol films. Spectra obtained at Asiago confirm that this is a classical nova. Two novae are simultaneously visible in the constellation of Cassiopeia! (V705 Cas = Nova Cas 1993 is also observable).
The early lightcurve is very unusual. The rise to maximum was very slow and the nova peaked at mag 7.1 near JD 2450070. 65 days later, near JD 2450135 a second maximum occurred at approximately mag 8.0. This was followed, about 55 days later on JD 2450190 with a third maximum at about magnitude 8.6. Thereafter the nova faded to about mag 10 after which small fluctuations have been present. Certainly a very unusual nova which deserves close attention!
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Lightcurve from 500 days (rev 6).
Early CCD image 1995 August 26 at about mag 9. Nick James, 0.30m f/5.25.
Wider field CCD image 1995 August 27. Denis Buczynski, 0.14m, f/3.5.
Deep CCD image 1995 August 29. Martin Mobberley, 0.49m f/4.5.
Deep CCD image 1995 September 2. Nick James, 0.30m f/5.25.
V-Band CCD image 1997 September 5. Nick James, 0.30m f/5.25.