Any AGN people out there might be interested to know that BL Lac has risen by a magnitude and a half in a week, and this morning was at mag 13.0 visual – the brightest I have personally seen it since November 1999. These objects change brightness dramatically, so it could be either much brighter or much fainter tonight.
Gary, I was using the BL Lac field to test some video cameras on Aug 6th. I noticed BL was quite “obvious” but not being a strict VS observer the significance passed me by. Yes i estimate mag 13. Here is a frame taken from the video: Pls note, there are hot pixels in the image which is uncorrected. The frame limit is about 15.5
The eagle eyed will notice the time stamp in the upper left of the image. This is because the camera was QHY174m-GPS (12/16bit) operated in SharpCap 3,2. and is not the WATEC 910HX video camera which the label indicates. I thought i should correct any confusion this might cause.