Supernova Search Observing Program
For more information contact Committee Chairperson Robert O. Evans (email@example.com)
Near the Tarantula Nebula in the LMC, before and after Supernova
The above photograph belongs to the Anglo-Australian Observatory. More photographs
can be found on their image site, located at http://www.aao.gov.au/images.html
A number of years ago, a Supernova Search Committee was officially established
separate committee of the AAVSO. Until that time, the Supernova Search Program
been under the guidance of the Nova Search Committee.
The purpose of the
Search Committee is to search for, and discovery of, supernovae in deep sky
and all other related activities.
Standard equipment for this search is a telescope capable of
making useful observations of galaxies (usually "seeing"
magnitude stars, at least), and a collection of reference charts and photos
the normal appearance of all the galaxies which the observer is currently
These reference materials might include the
Supernova Search Charts and Handbook, by G. Thompson
J. Bryan Jr.
(Cambridge University Press),
and photographic or CCD atlases of galaxies, a number of which are now available
commercially or privately.
AAVSO finder charts also exist for a number of galaxies.
Reference pictures of galaxies may also be obtained on the Internet, although
magnitudes of reference stars gained from this source may be inaccurate
by half a magnitude or more.
Negative galaxy observations, and observations of supernovae, should be
reported to the AAVSO.
Those who are interested in becoming involved in the search for supernovae
should contact AAVSO headquarters, and obtain a copy of the
Supernova Search Manual. The chairman and members of the committee
will also always offer whatever help they can.