COmet Lulin Photo Gallery
  Summary:  Following its close encounter with Earth on Feb. 24th, Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is moving away and slowly dimming. [full story] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [finder charts: Jan.11-Feb.20, Feb.20-Mar.21]
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Gregg Ruppel,
Ellisville, MO
Jan. 24, 2009
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Comet Lulin has brightened but its tail and anti-tail are quite dim. Here's a false color image that shows the tails slightly better than a monochrome image.

Chris Brennan,
Jan. 24, 2009

just before dawn from Barbados on Jan 24. double tail noted ! TAK 180/SXV H16

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Jan. 23, 2009
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Here's a sketch I made of C/2007 N3 Lulin before dawn this morning using a 8.5" F/7 reflector with 32mm 2" SWA eyepiece. My immediate impression was that the comet was very bright. It struck me just how healthy and active the coma looked even at a casual glance. The coma was at least 7' in dia with a very intense white-coloured and disk-shaped central condensation with star-like false nucleus at centre. The outer coma was an obvious green colour. On several occasions I seen at least one jet within the coma pointing to the S. The anti-tail was very faint and elusive and required good dark adaption and averted vision. I had to move the scope in various directions to pick out the faint details so I'm not 100% certain about what I saw. I found the colourless anti-tail to be at least 20' long but I suspected it to be much longer. The gas/ion tail was much brighter and pointed in a generally S direction. To me this tail was green and sported a smooth profile and seemed to broaden with distance away from the coma much like a search beam. I could easily see the tail for a minimum of 1 degree but again I'm sure it's much longer that this. Seeing both tails at the same time was quite a treat! Despite the very poor quality of my binoculars I was still able to find the comet easily. I also tried very carefully to detect it with the naked eye but I just couldn't convince myself that it was visible. However, I suspect that with excellent sky conditions the first naked eye observations will be reported very soon. As for a magnitude estimate, I didn't really make one because I was trying to ferret out the details within the tail but based on the ease of which I could see the coma in the scope I would say approx mag +6.5, give or take a mag or so on either side. I think this comet could very well put on a good show in Feb!

Francisco A. Rodriguez,
Observatorio Montaņa Cabreja (MPC J45) Vega de San Mateo. Gran Canaria. Canary Islands
Jan. 25, 2009
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8" GSO Reflector F/4 + Orion ATLAS Mount CCD StarShoot V1 Color. 48 x 60s

more images: from Michael Rosolina of Friars Hill, West Virginia; from Günther Strauch of Borken, NRW, Germany; from Jim Saueressig of Burlington, Kansas; from Msgr. Ron Royer of Springville, California; from Dennis Put of Brielle, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

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