Supernova 2011fe (PTF11kly or PSN J14030581+5416254)

I just got back from a dark-sky trip to Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley National Monument. I captured this image of the recently discovered supernova in Messier 101.

Messier101 Supernova 2011fe 20110829 0357UTC

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The image was taken with an unmodified Canon 5D Mark II through a Celestron 80ED refractor mounted piggyback on a C8 on a CGEM mount.  I took 12 exposures each 5 minutes long for this shot.  I combined & processed them using Nebulosity.  I haven’t taken the time to get a magnitude from this photo, but comparing it to earlier photos, the supernova is definitely getting brighter very quickly.

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