A high resolution spectroscopy survey of symbiotic stars is conducted in the southern hemisphere by the authors, using the Coudé Echelle Spectrograph (CES), equipped with a CCD at the ESO Coudé Auxiliary Telescope (CAT), and concurrently in the northern hemisphere by Bode, Evans, Meaburn and collaborators, using the UK facilities at La Palma. So far, more than 400 spectra of about 70 stars have been obtained, mostly during 1988 and 1989. The southern part of the work will be described below.
The discussion of symbiotic stars in the context of novae is not far-fetched. A number of symbiotics are known to have nova-like outbursts, and several novae are not easily distinguished from symbiotic stars. A noteworthy example is the most recently recognized recurrent nova, V745 Sco, first observed by Liller on July 24, 1989. It is described here, both because in late decline it represents a link between novae and symbiotic stars, and because of its current interest.