Following the posting on the Central Bureau's unconfirmed-objects webpage & Cbet No. 2050 about the discovery by K. Itagaki (Yamagata, Japan) of a possible Nova in Eri we performed some follow-up of this object remotely through a 0.25-m, f/3,4 reflector +CCD, from GRAS Observatory (near Mayhill, NM).
On our images taken on November 26.36 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with unfiltered CCD magnitude about 8.2 (UCAC2 Catalogue reference stars) at coordinates:
R.A. = 04 47 54.12, Decl.= -10 10 43.1
(equinox 2000.0; UCAC2 catalogue reference stars).
A comparison with a DSS red plate (limiting magnitude about 20), obtained on 1990, Nov. 23, shows the proximity of a 15th-mag star to the position of the possible nova in Eri. This is an animation showing our image and the DSS plate:
On the Cbet Yamaoka (Kyushu University) suggests that it might be the brightening of the 15th-mag blue star noting "that the amplitude of seven magnitudes is rather large for a dwarf nova, but somewhat small for a rapid classical nova".
Spectroscopic and time-resolved photometric observations are required to understand the real nature of this transient.
For an update about this object please see our Nov. 27, 2009 post:
by Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero