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Lulin easy from urban sites w/binoculars

Started by kmichaelm, 02/24/2009 03:46PM
Posted 02/24/2009 03:46PM Opening Post
I had a look at Comet Lulin with my 10X50 binocs sunday (2/22/09)night from my backyard here in the city (mag 4 skies at best) - and Lulin was quite easy to find, even without a map. I had a rough idea of where it was supposed to be from my recollections of a map I had printed but lost. Despite the glare from city lights, just pointing my binoculars at the part of the sky between Saturn (located in Leo) & Spica (the brightest star in Virgo) and scanning slowly near Saturn enabled me to find it in less than 15-20 seconds. Looks like your typical cotton ball shaped comet under those conditions. I had to wait until fairly late in the evening to get a good look at it - it doesn't transit here until roughly 1:00am right now.

Will try to get my 11" Starmaster out for this, even under my big, bad city lights.

Maps of Comet Lulin's track across the sky can be found at

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/35992534.html

http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/

info about the comet at

http://cometography.com/lcomets/2007n3.html

Picture gallery at

http://spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_lulin_page8.htm

Michael Malolepszy
St. Louis Astronomical Society

Posted 02/24/2009 04:22PM #1
K. Michael Malolepszy said:

I had a look at Comet Lulin with my 10X50 binocs sunday (2/22/09)night from my backyard here in the city (mag 4 skies at best) - and Lulin was quite easy to find, even without a map.

Well, from my urban skies with my eyes, I'd say "doable." Course I didn't wait until the little feller got much above 30 degrees. Even so, yeah, I was able to see him in my 15x70s, but not until I'd first located him in the StarBlast.


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Posted 02/24/2009 08:10PM #2
I observed Comet Lulin from my fourth magnitude backyard on Saturday and Monday mornings with my 8x42 Celestron Regals and 80mm f/5 Orion ShortTube 80 achromat and last night and this morning through the 8x42s and my wife's 6" f/8 Orion XT6. (I also observed it from the ASH Naylor Observatory on Friday night and last night through a 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain and its 5" f/5 finder scope.) The comet was a fairly easy target through the binoculars.

Dave Mitsky

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