Comet Lulin Photo Gallery

Summary:  Following its close encounter with Earth on Feb. 24th, Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is moving away and fading. [full story] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [finder charts: Jan.11-Feb.20, Feb.20-Mar.21]

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Fredrik Broms,
Kval°ya, Norway
Feb. 27, 2009
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Lulin is still bright enough to shine through thin clouds as shown by this 6 sec exposure. Later in the evening, some auroras appeared in the sky allowing for some snapshots of both in the same frame using a 50mm wide-angle lens. Picture quality at such high ISO values (~4000) under a hazy sky is inevitably far from optimal, but the sight of this wonderful comet under the dancing auroras was absolutely breathtaking.

Photo details: Nikon D3, Nikkor 50 mm f/1,8, 6-10 secs exposure, 3200-6400 ISO.

Martin Mutti,
Gurnigel near Thun, Switzerland
Feb. 27, 2007
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Lulin, Regulus and Leo I. The telescope is a Takahashi Epsilon-180, 500mm / f2.8. The camera: Canon EOS5d with modified IR-Filter. Exposure times: 50 x 2min for lulin, 1 x 2min for the background.

Alessandro Dimai,
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy)
Mar. 2, 2009
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a sequence of the comet Lulin evolution in the moments of its maximum brightness, taken with a Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 and CCD SBIG STL11000M.

Richard P Meinig,
near Quandary Peak in Summit County at an altiude of 10,200 ft, Temp 14 deg F
Mar. 1, 2009
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The early morning of March 01, 2009 was clear and calm in Summit County, Colorado. I located Comet Lulin in binoculars using Regulus in Leo as a reference. I photographed the comet with my Canon 50D using a 70-200 1:4L lens at 200mm atop my NJP mount. Images were 4 min x 12 at ISO 1600 and stacked in Images Plus.

Russell Horn,
Three Rivers Astronomy Campus located outside Crowell, Texas
Mar. 1, 2009
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This animation was made with a series of 5 minute exposures over a 2 hour 45 minute time period. I am totally amazed at the speed this comet is traveling. It is almost as if you can watch it move in the eyepiece. What a beautiful sight under dark skies!

Behyar Bakhshandeh,
Anza-Borrego Desert, California, USA
Feb. 27, 2009
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20 minutes of RGB each for the comet and 15 mins for the background stars, all in 5 min subs. Tak FSQ106 Scope, SBIG ST2000XM camera, guided through Tak FS60C.

more images: from John Chumack of Yellow Springs, Ohio; from Christoph Otawa of Peretshofen, Bavaria, Germany; from Brian Larmay of Ottawa Lake in SE Wisconsin; from Alex Conu of Pauleasca, Romania; from Philippe Moussette of St-Pierre, Quebec; from Terry Mclean of Alexandria, Ontario, Canada; from Alberto Levy of San Diego, California; from James Kevin Ty of Caliraya , Laguna , Philippines; from MENDONÇA JR of PARQUE ESTADUAL DE VILA VELHA /Parana - BRAZIL; from Alan C Tough of Elgin, Moray, Scotland

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