Until now I had only seen the comet through the sketches of this forum. With these beautiful sketches in mind, I finally turned my little binoculars towards Lulin. I knew its trajectory and expected to bump into the comet somewhere between Leo and Cancer. And in fact I did find the comet very easily. Itâ€™s a bright target. The bright nucleus is very conspicuous. At first sight, Lulin reminded me of an unresolved globular. After a few seconds, I could clearly determine the direction of the weak tail of the comet. Averted vision was mandatory. Of course, the binoculars were mounted, which also supported the averted observation of the weakest details. You may need averted vision as well to see the comet tail in my sketch.
Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium ( 51Â° N )
Date : March 2, 2009
Time : around 21.15 UT
Binoculars : Bresser Spezial-Jagd 8x56
Filter : none
Mount : Trico Machine Sky Window
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 3/5
Sky brightness : 19.56 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.
(Note: if the sketch does look too dark on your monitor, try to darken the room.)