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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 09:36 PM

I made an observation of Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) on March 7, 2009 (01:00 U.T.) near the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC 2362). The comet was a pale version of itself as the Waxing Gibbous Moon (10.4 days old) was nearby (~10 degrees). Comet Lulin and the Beehive Cluster were approximately 3.5 degrees apart. The nucleus of the comet was visible with a spherical coma. I believe that I was able to make out the ion tail closest to the coma, but it was never steadily held in view. The observation is a combination of two binocular (11 x 56 mm Oberwerk) fields. I missed the pair closer together the previous night, but was clouded out. That must have been a sight! I hope that others have observed the comet and Beehive together. North is to the left and east towards the bottom.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 10:32 PM

Carlos,

Wonderful sketch and report. :bow: The comet is still clearly visible even with the lunar light so bright. Thanks for posting. :cool:

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 10:42 PM

Very nice sketch of this evening comet, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 12:26 AM

Nice work Carlos. I wish I had a chance to observe and/or sketch Lulin. I may have an opportunity tomorrow or sunday, but the transparency doesn't look very promising.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

Frank, Jim, and Tommy

Thank you for your compliments on my lates observation of Comet Lulin and the Beehive Cluster. I wish that the Moon had not been so close to the comet. It was still a nice view. The best of luck observing the comet.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:06 PM

Delicate and pretty sketch under difficult conditions and in an area that was more than the FOV of your instrument. It's got my vote! Roland

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

Roland,

Thank you for the compliment on my Comet Lulin and Beehive Cluster observation. It was tough but worth it. I hope that you and Linda get to look at it soon.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:31 PM

Nice sketch, Carlos. Your background shading represents the moonwash beautifully.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:42 PM

Jeff,

Thank you for the compliment on my Comet Lulin and Beehive Cluster observation. Your observations of the comet have also been excellent. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:29 PM

Carlos,

Excellent, also with the lifelike moonglow interference! :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 10:21 PM

Carlos

Excellent rendering and diligence on your part with the hindering moon glow. :bow: :bow: :bow: I considered a similar rendering but shyed away for lack of seeing. You have me rethinking now. :question:

Thanks for sharing and your excellent accompanying text is also inspiring to learn from,

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 05:54 AM

Carlos

An impressive sketch. :ooo: Unfortunetly the weather here has been terrible. :bawling:

Thanks for the view.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:04 PM

Mark, Rich, and Rony

Thank you for the compliments on my Comet Lulin and Beehive Cluster observation.I wish that I could have observed them closer together. I am sorry about your poor weather. I hope that you all get to observe the comet soon.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:37 PM

I was able to observe Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) last night (March 10, 2009 at 02:30 U.) while located between Cancer and Gemini using my 11 x 56 mm Oberwerk binoculars. Although a Waxing Gibbous Moon was present I was able to make out the comet well. The coma was diffuse and spherical. The ion tail was faintly visible in a northwest-southeast direction. The stars visible are between fifth to seventh magnitude. I hope others are able to follow the comet as well.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 01:11 PM

Excellent observations and sketches, Carlos. Thank you for posting them for us.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:50 PM

Erika,

Thank you for the compliment on my latest observation of Comet Lulin. This fleeting member of the solar system continues to impress us all. I hope that you get a look at the comet soon. I look forward to your solar observations.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:07 PM

I was able to observe Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) on March 11, 2009 (01:00 U.T.) as it moves towards Gemini using my 11 x 56 mm Oberwerk binoculars. The coma was again compact but diffuse with a portion of the ion tail visible (less than that visible the night before as the Moon tonight was Full). I have depicted two binocular fields to show the motion of the comet (~1.5 degrees) since last night. I hope that others have been able to view the comet as well.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:44 PM

That's wonderful Carlos. This comet is sure moving around. I did find it last night, but the moon washed it out pretty heavily so I wasn't able to see much detail aside from the core and fuzziness around the core (couldn't pick out the tail).

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:39 AM

Carlos

Excellent binocular sketches. I've yet to see Lulins tail with binoculars.

Thanks for the view.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:54 AM

Jim and Rich,

Thank you for the compliments on my Comet Lulin observations. The comet does appear washed out, as you point out, especially in the Moonlight. The tail is very wispy and not easy to detect and is noted only when the seeing steadies. The best of luck in your own observations of the comet.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:49 PM

Carlos,

Your impressive sketches continue to please the eye. :bow: As the moon wanes maybe we will continue to get sketchable views of comet Lulin and it's tail for a while longer. :cool:

Frank :)

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:15 AM

Frank,

Thank you for the compliment on my Comet Lulin observations. It has been fun tracking this interesting comet. The comet may now be fading as I have heard from friends observing it. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.

Carlos

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 01:30 PM

Carlos,

I took a good long look at comet Lulin last night and although it remains bright, I could not see any hint of a tail no matter how hard I tried.
With all our snow melted it is amazing how much darker my night sky appears to be. I live inside the edge of the urban(white) light pollution zone of greater Chicago so I am always excited to see most anything in the night sky.

Frank :)

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 06:43 PM

You are sure catching this comet, Carlos. Hope to get back to it late this week. We have been socked in for several days. Roland

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:39 PM

Frank and Roland,

The comet has lost it's tail but still remains visible. I am also affected by light pollution at my observing site. I too get excited about being able to see many DSO's from my site. The best of luck observing the comet.

Carlos






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