Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin), 2009/1/23

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Post by G4yvm »

Has this been asked before? How fast is Lulin travelling? (that's two questions, one masquerading as an apology)

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Post by orson »

At last after a week of clouds the night is clear and beautiful. But I can't find the comet!!!Can anyone please tell me where I should be looking. I thought it was somewhere near Saturn, but I can't see anything... :?
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Post by Graham »

Finally the clouds cleared enough for me to locate Lulin; very indistinct fuzzy as seen through my bins. Orson the comet is currently located between Regulas and Preasepe, follow a line from Saturn toward Leo and through Regulas - difficult to find in my light polluted skys. I did see a lovely fast moving bright white sporadic in the same FOV as Lulin - it made me jump!
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Post by orson »

Thanks for that Graham. I've been trying to locate it without any luck! I get the impression that this comet is no great shakes, though! However I would be very pleased if I could get a glimpse of it.
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Post by Robin Scagell »

On the home page is a link to the maps of the position of the comet for the next few days. It's next to the picture of the comet.

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Post by Davej »

Hi,
At long last I managed to get a view (21.15 Sun 1st March).
A very faint sight in the 10x50s (had to use averted vision).
Thanks to all the forum members for their images and info they have supplied.
This was helpfull too
ATB
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Post by Lawrie »

After nearly six weeks without a clear sky I finally "joined the club" and spotted Lulin, first in 15X50 Canons and then in the 150mm F8 dob. as a not very impressive fuzzy patch. The published photos are much better.
I logged it as being at RA 09h35m Dec. 15deg. 30min. ( at midnight 01/03/09)
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Post by mike a feist »

Another View of Comet Lulin:
Night of the 1st - 2nd March 2009: Conditions were rather poor but the comet was easily seen in 8 x 50 at 2030-2040, now just below 7 Leonis and near a fainter star - it was seen as a fuzzy patch (as others have described it too). By 2350 however the sky had become very clear indeed, giving the best view yet - as a fuzzy patch definitely smeared to the left - the tail?. At 0454 the next morning the comet was still visible about 10 degrees above Southwick Hill and just north of west. Much movement was visible from the previous midnight observation.

The various images are indeed spectacular and colourful but actually following a fuzzy patch for real is definitely is worth the effort! This comet is certainly no Hale-Bopp, Machholz or Ikeya-Zhang but, given good skies, is well-placed for serial views with binoculars at reasonable times of the night. Unfortunately the Moon is heading towards it and getting brighter...but the comet is now getting fainter.
I would judge it to be a "good binocular comet" due to its extended time of visibility (over a month), placement in the sky, its passing of some interesing markers like Spica, Saturn and Regulus, and sufficiently bright to be visible in average, hand-held binoculars. The only curse was the weather! maf
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Post by jb1970 »

I was out last night looking at the comet with my 15x70's at about 23:30. The last time I saw it was much earlier in the evening, so it was easier to find and not so faint in the 15x70's this time (as it was higher in the sky). It's certainly moving quickly. I thought I could see it as slightly smudged to the left but wasn't sure if it was my imagination at the time. I also had a look at Ceres which was quite bright in the bins. My starry Night software had Ceres misplaced by about 30' ( as was the case with Vesta when I last saw it).

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Post by brian livesey »

Saw Lulin again yesterday evening as it races across the sky. It looked fainter in the 10X50's than it did in the 8X40's on the 26th.
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Post by stupie82 »

Hi Folks. Finally got another clear night to try for Lulin. Was a little concerned as Saturn was very distorted probably due to light pollution near Peterhead yet managed to see Lulin. Very small and very fast. Worth the wait though.

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Post by KendalAstronomer »

I also saw Lulin again last night in the Celestron. Intermittent cloud, but still bright enough even for my father to view it (usually the ultimate test) and describe the shape.
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Post by Paul Freeman »

Saw Lulin myself last night through 15X70's. It seemed to be fainter than two or three nights ago.
Regards, Paul.
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Post by mike a feist »

Re misplacement of Ceres on planetarium programs - I thing I have come across this before. Maybe info needs updating as they are rather small bodies and perturbations might be the cause. Just a guess. maf
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Post by jb1970 »

I think you are probably right Mike. I have had the software several years now and should probably update it. I use the software on a computer that I don't connect to the internet. It may well correct itself if updated.

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