Optical Imaging of Old Nova Shells

  • T. J. O’brien
  • A. J. Slavin
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 208)


A deep, predominantly Hα, imaging survey of 37 classical nova remnants has just been completed using the William Herschel and Anglo-Australian Telescopes. This has resulted in the detection of new nebular remnants and the resolution of detailed structure in previously known remnants. These data indicate a correlation between nova speed class and the ellipticity of the resulting remnants — those of faster novae tend to comprise randomly distributed clumps of ejecta superposed on spherically symmetric diffuse material, whilst slower novae produce more structured ellipsoidal remnants with at least one, and sometimes several, rings of enhanced emission.


Cataclysmic Variable Imaging Survey Ellipsoidal Shell Diffuse Material Peak Brightness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. J. O’brien
    • 1
  • A. J. Slavin
    • 1
  1. 1.Astrophysics GroupLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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