The nova has brightened enough that one can see it plainly without any optical aid. Our telescopes here at the school are no longer able to image the star without their cameras getting overwhelmed. Here is a 30 second exposure with the robotic observatory’s 10″ RC:
The star also is a prime candidate for small telescope spectroscopy, so I opened our Echelle spectrograph last night and grabbed high resolution from 400-700nm. Here is the H-alpha range. That is a nova alright!