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Aquila – The Eagle (with Nova V1494 Aquilae)
Aquila with Nova
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Nova in Aquila!
This otherwise unremarkable image captures Nova V1494 Aquilae. It was discovered on December 1, 1999, by Portuguese amateur nova hunter Alfredo Pereira. The nova reached a peak brightness of magnitude 4 but had faded to about magnitude 6 by the time this photo was made on December 10, 1999. Also identified is the bright star Altair (magnitude 0.76).

Location: Troy, New Hampshire
Camera: Nikon FM-2
Lens: 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/2.8
Film: Fuji Superia ASA 400 color print film
Exposure: 5 minutes, tracked with motor-driven barn door camera mount.

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