Thanks for the reports. It was very interesting to read about observations from such a wide variety of locations and conditions.
Tony, thanks--we're expecting your usual high quality images when Comet Lulin reveals itself at your latitude.
I observed Lulin this morning (Feb. 1st) for about an hour and a half with the 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain but was unable to detect the tails. Transparency was very good but the seeing was poor.
I took a wild hair yesterday and cleaned the inside of the corrector plate on the SCT--first time in 30+ years--it needed it. I followed the instructions in Rod Mollise's book Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and everything went well (thanks Uncle Rod! ). Then I had to re-collimate and the seeing was too poor to get anything but a rough collimation. I feel the lack of fine collimation contributed to my inability to detect the faint tails that Lulin sports.
I used the scope straight through without a diagonal so south is up and west is to the left. The coma appeared very irregular and elongated. The central condensation appeared to be closer to the northern edge of the coma. In the hour that I was really paying attention, the comet appeared to move to the west between 2 and 3 arcminutes. This apparent motion is going to pick up as we go through the month of February. Other notes are with the sketch.