R.A. = 17h39m41s, Decl. = -21d39'47" (equinox 2000.0)
According to K. Kadota nothing is visible at this position on a red Digitized Sky Survey image from 1997 (limiting mag estimated to be 20 by S.Nakano).
This is the confirmation image of this outbursting object taken by K. Itagaki:
(Credit: K. Itagaki, Japan)
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UPDATE JANUARY 23
According to CBET circular No. 2139, Hiroyuki Maehara (Kyoto University) reports that a low-resolution spectrum (range 400-800 nm) of this object was obtained on Jan. 22.890 UT with the 25-cm telescope at the Kwasan Observatory. The spectrum shows H_alpha and Fe II emission lines and suggests that this object is a classical nova just after maximum.
by Ernesto Guido