(cba:news) A plea for Maxie
jop at astro.columbia.edu
Sun Sep 16 19:19:51 EDT 2018
Maxie = ASASSN-18ey has lost many of his friends from mid-season.
Granted, the runs are much shorter now. But you can still get a 3-hour
run on the star, it's still 13.5 magnitude (not stressful for anyone),
and the waveform seems to be changing from superhump-like to
orbital-hump-like (I think). This would give us a chance e to define
Porb during this observing season (2-3 more weeks). Next year, the star
could be mighty faint.
CBAers are really going after the intermediate polars this season! I've
been playing catch-up for several months. Not yet caught up, but it
does look like we can back off FO Aqr (relegate to occasional coverage)
for the season - and definitely promote V1223 Sgr (also in a somewhat
low state). Other IPs deserving more attention now are AO Psc, V1062
Tau, CC Scl, and Paloma (0524+42).
The dwarf novae have overwhelmed me this year. I hope to regain my
composure, esp. as regards the ultracompacts (AM CVns) which are so
interesting. Oh yeah - that reminds me: two other stars which I place
high priority on right now: ES Cet and WZ Sge. Definitely those guys!
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