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#26 CarlosEH

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:14 PM

I was able to observe Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) on March 16, 2009 (00:45 U.T.) using my Oberwerk 11 x 56 mm binoculars. The comet has faded somewhat since my last observation. The coma is small and diffuse and the tail has disappeared. Comet Lulin is approximately one degree from the Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392). I missed the close approach of the comet to the Eskimo Nebula last night when it was approximately 20 arc-minutes from it. The comet was approximately 1.4 degrees east of Delta Geminorum (Wasat, 3.50m) and 0.5 degree southwest of 63 Geminorum (5.2m). I hope to continue to follow this interesting comet.

The best of luck in your own observations of Comet Lulin.

Carlos

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) was visible on March 16, 2009 (02:45 U.T.) approximately one half a degree from Delta Geminorum (Wasat, 3.50m) using my 11 x 56 mm Oberwerk binoculars. The comet appeared fainter than my previous observation. I am uncertain if this is due to a fading of the comet or atmospheric haze. It will be interesting to follow in the future.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:17 PM

Carlos,

Very nice additional sketches of the comet. :bow:
After watching the ISS-Shuttle fly over I took a look at comet Lulin and it is fading and without a detectable tail from my site. As you say it is interesting to track it through the sky.

Frank :)

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:42 PM

Frank,

Thank you for the compliment on my Comet Lulin observations. It has been fun tracking this comet. I am sorry that it is fading at this time. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos






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