C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Obs. 12.30.08
Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:00 PM
Excellent sketch and report. 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.
Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:25 AM
What a fine comet-sketch!
I hate early mornings soo much.
Just give me an evening comet and I'll be there.
Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:37 PM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:26 PM
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 ).
Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:35 AM
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.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:41 AM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:28 AM
Very nice observation and quick sketch. You were able to capture much using averted vision under not so great observing conditions.
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.
Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:57 PM
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.
Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:31 PM
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.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:32 AM
Great sketch and report. 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.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:27 AM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:14 AM
Excellent capture from Tuesday night.
I'll be watching it move away and I hope I can get another sketchable view.
Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:32 PM
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.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:40 PM
An excellent observation of Comet Lulin. It is still providing a show for us all.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:52 PM
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!