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BVRI photometry of the recurrent nova LMCN 1968-12a during the 2016 eruption with the SARA-CT telescope

ATel #8626; A. Kaur (Clemson University), T. C. Hillwig (Valparaiso University), W. C. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), G. D. Henson (East Tennessee State University) D. H. Hartmann (Clemson University), S. Starrfield (Arizona State University), and R. M. Wagner (LBTO)
on 3 Feb 2016; 02:58 UT
Credential Certification: R. Mark Wagner (rmw@as.arizona.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Nova

We report below optical photometry of the ongoing 2016 (and fifth recorded) eruption of the fast recurrent nova LMCN 1968-12a (see ATel #8578, #8586, #8587, #8616). The previous four outbursts were reported in 1968 (Sievers 1970), 1990 (Shore et al. 1991), and 2002 and 2010 (Mróz et al. 2014). Our observations were obtained in the B, V, R, and I Bessell filters using the 0.6 m SARA-South telescope and ARC CCD camera at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory on 2016 Jan 23, Jan 26 and Feb 02 UT. The instrumental magnitudes were calibrated using 8 standard stars in the GD71 and SA92 fields (Landolt 2009). Further photometric and spectroscopic observations are encouraged.

Date UT MJD Filter Magnitude
2016 Jan 23.043 57410.0431 B 13.21 ± 0.03
2016 Jan 23.051 57410.0514 V 13.29 ± 0.03
2016 Jan 23.059 57410.0590 R 12.29 ± 0.02
2016 Jan 23.067 57410.0667 I 12.74 ± 0.03
2016 Jan 26.075 57413.0750 B 14.29 ± 0.05
2016 Jan 26.070 57413.0701 V 14.36 ± 0.05
2016 Jan 26.066 57413.0660 R 14.06 ± 0.04
2016 Jan 26.086 57413.0861 I 14.15 ± 0.05
2016 Feb 02.1619 57420.1619 B 16.40 ± 0.01
2016 Feb 02.1519 57420.1519 V 16.29 ± 0.02
2016 Feb 02.1472 57420.1472 R 16.10 ± 0.01
2016 Feb 02.1558 57420.1558 I 16.12 ± 0.02