Have you seen the nova that erupted in the galaxy M74?
Neither have I.
At magnitude +12.6, it’s on the outer range of my scope’s ability, especially with the suburban light pollution.
But we have reports of a Nova for the rest of us: Nova Delphinus 2013 is magnitude + 4.5 almost straight overhead when the sky gets dark. There is even an ARROW pointing toward it!
In our light-polluted skies, binoculars may be the easiest way to see Nova Del (as its friends call it). The problem isn’t seeing it – it’s bright enough to see without binoculars – it’s how to know which faint star in the Milky Way’s band of stars is the Nova? It doesn’t come in the sky with a label!
Use these star charts and a really good one at astrobob.areavoices.com (not related to me) to find your way. Use other bright stars in the area – the Northern Cross and Vega – to find your way to Sagitta (Latin for ‘arrow’!). Delphinus (The Dolphin) is nearby – a faint constellation, but an easy-to-recognize shape. Use them to narrow the search. Once you find Sagitta, follow the point of the arrow another arrow-length in the direction it is pointing. It’s best to draw the brightest stars you can see in the area Sagitta is pointing toward and compare them with the map.