SN 2012AW

On Monday March 19th 2012, I along with several other members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre went to our monthly dark sky observing session at the Long Sault Conservation Area just north of Bowmanville Ontario. Among my list of targets that night was a group shot of Mars, M95, M96 and an Iridium satellite (64) that was going to pass through the field at 20:53:58. Coincidentally, the next morning I heard of the discovery of a possible supernova (confirmed as SN2012AW) in M95, so I checked the images and there it was.

The image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Celestron 9.25" SCT on a CGEM mount. The temperature was unseasonably mild, but seeing was fair, and we had a sky quality meter reading of 20.9.

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