Alessandro Dimai, Italian Amateur astronomer discovered his second supernova using the GRAS G15 remote telescope based in Australia.

GRAS (Global-Rent-a-scope) is proud to announce the discovery of a supernova SN2009bu close to NGC 7408

Fountain Valley, California 4/03/2009 06:26 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Alessandro Dimai, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, on behalf of the CROSS program (cf. IAUC 7373), reports his discovery of an apparent supernova (mag about 16.4) on two unfiltered CCD images (limiting magnitude about 19.0) taken on Mar. 25.75 UT with the remote-controlled 0.28-m "GRAS15 telescope" at Moorook, Australia.

The new object is located at R.A. = 22h56m01s.40, Decl. = -63o41'39".6 (equinox 2000.0), which is about 18" east and 3" north of the nucleus of the galaxy NGC 7408.   A CROSS image of the same field taken on 2008 Dec. 27.0 showed nothing at this position (limiting mag about 18.5), and it does not appear on Palomar Sky Survey infrared, red, and blue plates.  The discovery image has been posted at SN 2007bn also appeared in NGC 7408 (cf. CBET 940). 

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