Comet 2007 N3 Lulin

Posted by XTSee on 1st March , 2009

Hooray, I saw Comet Lulin tonight at last! First in my 20×80’s to see if I could locate it, then setup the XT10i and used my 38mm SWA EP to get a nice view of its fuzzy body. Using averted vision and moving my eye around the view I could clearly make out its faint tail, which was quite long. I would say I could make out 10 times its width in tail length.

Next I swapped to a 10mm EP, and watched very carefully to see Lulin’s position relative to two others stars. Over the course of 5-10mins I watched the comet move from an acute angle with the two reference stars, until it made a 90 degree angle, then became an obtuse angle. At this higher magnification I was just able to make out the brighter core of the comet.

It’s fascinating to actually be able to make out the movement in such a short space of time.

Also in this observing session I took in Saturn, its rings I can make out even though they’re almost edge on, and even in my 38mm SWA! The Beehive cluster, and M65 and M66 in Leo.

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