Getting SMARTS on Novae: Highlights of the Early Evolution of Nova V475 Sct
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 304, Numbers 1-4, August 2006 , pp. 401-403(3)
Abstract:There is a disconcerting global trend of retiring telescopes of modest aperture, supplanting them instead with fewer expensive telescopes of quite large aperture. As a consequence, the available time and feasibility of following transient objects in astrophysics is diminishing. We show the utility of having a suite of small to moderate aperture telescopes capable of conducting imaging and spectroscopic observations in a service queue mode. The example we provide is the high-cadence early observations of the classical nova V475 Scuti (2003) carried out with the SMARTS suite of telescopes located at CTIO.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2006