Low resolution spectrum

Forums Variable Stars Nova in Perseus Low resolution spectrum

Mike Harlow

Poor conditions last night with thickening fog and a bright Moon but managed to get an image and (very) low resolution spectrum.  Shows the main features of a nova in its early stages…bright continuum with hydrogen emission lines.  Results on my members page.

Regarding photometry…you could try a small aperture mask on you main telescope to cut the brightness.  I sometimes use a 4 inch or even 2 inch on my 12inch scope for spectroscopy of bright stars for example.