Jump to content


Photo

C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Obs. 12.30.08

  • Please log in to reply
41 replies to this topic

#26 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8373
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:00 PM

Michael,

Excellent sketch and report. :cool: :bow: The comet looks very nice in your drawing and I thought I would get a look too but once again clouds moved in at 3AM local time and were here to mid morning.

Frank :)

#27 rodelaet

rodelaet

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3185
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2006
  • Loc: 50°56' N - 4°58' E (Belgium)

Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:25 AM

Michael,

What a fine comet-sketch! :bow: :bow: :bow:

I hate early mornings soo much.
Just give me an evening comet and I'll be there. :lol:

#28 Tommy5

Tommy5

    Mercury-Atlas

  • -----
  • Posts: 2814
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2004
  • Loc: Chicagoland

Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:37 PM

very nice sketch, the comet seems to be developing nicely, can't wait to see this guy in the evening.

#29 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:26 PM

Frank, Rony, T5--thanks, guys. :) I think you'll get your evening comet wish soon as we close with Lulin during February.

We're under a winter storm warning for the next 36 hours here, so no comet gazing for me until Friday at the earliest. I hope it's clear that morning because the comet will be near the wide double Alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi, the Southern Claw ). :cool:

#30 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:35 AM

Hi,

I struggled with clouds and moonlight the past two mornings but luckily was able to make a new sketch of Lulin. Because clouds kept obscuring the view and twilight was looming, I had to work fast. After observing off and on for a half hour, I did the sketch in about 15 minutes (which is very fast for me). As soon as it got too light, I went inside and rounded the stars, etc. I used HB, 2B, and 4B pencils and a loaded stump, then inverted things digitally and applied a 5% blur.

It will be hard to see much of the comet for the next few days as the Moon goes through its bright phase, but there are some excellent images in the Lulin thread for armchair observers. :)

#31 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:41 AM

Excellent reports and sketches, Michael. Your work has always been very inspirational.

#32 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8373
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:28 AM

Michael,

Very nice observation and quick sketch. You were able to capture much using averted vision under not so great observing conditions. :bow: :rainbow: :bow: :cool:
Thursday night-Friday morning I was out observing most of the dark hours. As the moon approached the NW horizon, I turned my attention to the Southeastern sky to catch my first look at the comet but the cloud cover and seeing in this direction was very obstructive. I could not visually see Alpha Lib.(Zuben El Genubi) but with binoculars I found the alpha star and comet Lulin and got a brief look. It was not worth turning my scope on it so I didn't. I'll just need to try again as the moon wanes to a crescent.
You should be commended for the way you persisted on this comet.:waytogo:

Frank :)

#33 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:04 AM

Erika, Frank, thanks--you're very kind. :)

#34 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:57 PM

Hi Folks,

I posted a new sketch of Comet Lulin here in the Planetary and Solar System Observing forum. The comet has gone through some major changes since my last sketch and has turned into a real beauty. Try for it in the next couple of days if you can--it's between Saturn and Regulus.

The sketch was done with 2B and HB pencils and a stump and inverted digitally.

#35 varmint

varmint

    I invite more abuse

  • *****
  • Posts: 1327
  • Joined: 10 Feb 2007
  • Loc: Pacifica, CA, USA

Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for sharing. Wondeful sketch.

Unfortunately I'm clouded out for the foreseeable future (at least through the weekend). So it looks like I'll be missing the prime observing of this comet.

#36 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8373
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:32 AM

Michael,

Great sketch and report. :bow: :rainbow: I see the tails are much different.

I have been out the last 3 nights with scopes but have had my attempted observations stopped by clouds. Tonight started out great with clear skies until abour 7:30 pm local time. I don't feel too bad because I did get brief looks with 8 x 50 binoculars. Next 2 nights look poor for my location.
I am glad you persisted and got some great sketches and reports completed. I hope you have fully recovered from the flu. Thanks again, nice to see sketches of Lulin.

Frank :)

#37 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:27 AM

Jim, Frank, thanks. :) I was fortunate to have some clear weather--clouds have returned until next week. :p I'm still a little dazed by the flu (apparently my flu shot didn't apply to this bad boy), but I'm back to work and ambulatory. ;)

#38 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:35 AM

Hi,

I made an observation and sketch of Comet Lulin March 17th (March 18, UT)--it's faded some but still interesting. :)

#39 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8373
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:14 AM

Michael,

Excellent capture from Tuesday night. :bow:
I'll be watching it move away and I hope I can get another sketchable view.
Frank :)

#40 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:32 PM

Thank you, Frank--I hope you can post another sketch of Lulin as it goes though its changes.

I forgot to say that I used HB and 2B pencils and a stump on white Artagain paper to do the sketch. I inverted the sketch after scanning.

#41 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7165
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:40 PM

Michael,

An excellent observation of Comet Lulin. It is still providing a show for us all.

Carlos

#42 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:52 PM

Thanks, Carlos. :) I posted this new update in the Solar System and Planetary Forum. It's almost time to wave good-bye to Comet Lulin.

Sketch was done at the eyepiece with HB and 2B pencils and a stump and fingers for blending. Inverted digitally. Temps were warm--I didn't have to open a pack of HotHands--Yay Spring! :cool:






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics