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KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus, 


            Mike Oates
KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus
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KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED

Imaging cameras: Starlight Xpress SX-814 Trius Monochrome CCD

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EZ-EQ6 GT

Guiding cameras: Starlight-XPress Lodestar Autoguider

Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Photoshop CS6  ·  PIXINSIGHT 1.8

Filters: Red  ·  Green  ·  Blue

Accessory: Lakeside Astro Motor Focus System  ·  Starlight Xpress SX 'Maxi wheel'  ·  Starlight Instruments FTF3545B-A Focuser

Dates:Aug. 26, 2017

Blue: 10x60" bin 1x1
Green: 10x60" bin 1x1
Red: 10x60" bin 1x1

Integration: 0.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 23.79%

Basic astrometry details job: 1901763

RA center: 19h 29' 18"

DEC center: +46° 34' 44"

Pixel scale: 1.436 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.907 degrees

Field radius: 0.860 degrees

Resolution: 3310x2770

Locations: The Hills Observatory, Manchester, United Kingdom

Data source: Backyard


This is my image of a candidate precursor for an imminent Red Nova in Cygnus ~ 2022

KIC_9832227 is a contact binary where the stars orbit so close together, they kiss. They can even share a common outer atmosphere, like two peanuts inside their mutual dumbbell shell.

I took this on 26 Aug 2017 so I had an image before the Nova.

For more details see: Sky and Telescope



Mike Oates
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KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus, 


            Mike Oates