Optical Imaging of Nova Shells and the Maximum Magnitude-Rate of Decline Relationship*

  title={Optical Imaging of Nova Shells and the Maximum Magnitude-Rate of Decline Relationship*},
  author={Ronald A. Downes and Hilmar W. Duerbeck},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
An optical imaging study of 30 recent novae has been undertaken using both ground-based and space-based observations. Resolved shells have been detected around nine objects in the ground-based data, while another four objects have shells detected by Hubble Space Telescope observations; for RW UMi, we fail to detect a shell that was observed 5 years earlier. Images in H?, and when appropriate [O III] ?5007, are shown, and finding charts for novae without shells are given if no published chart is… 

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