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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VISUAL REPORTS: "On Feb. 20th, Comet Lulin was a spectacular sight from my dark sky haunt at Sunset Crater National Monument," reports Jeremy Perez in Arizona. "It was readily visible to the naked eye as a soft spot in Virgo, and was breathtaking through binoculars and telescope."

"The comet is just barely naked eye in a dark sky," says Ginger Mayfield of Divide, Colorado, on Feb. 20th. "Seems a little brighter than 24 hours ago. It was 12 degrees F outside when I took this image."

"Last night away from city lights, comet Lulin was just visible to the naked eye," reports Todd Hargis from Horseshoe Bay Texas, on Feb. 21st. "Lulin was fairly bright in my cameras viewfinder posing for a photo."

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Conrad Pope,
Kelly, NC
Feb. 21, 2009
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Image of Comet Lulin on February 21 around 1:30am EST. Photographed with a Takahashi FSQ using a Canon 5D MarkII at ISO 3200, three minute exposure, combination of four images.

Jack Newton,
Portal AZ
Feb. 20, 2009

Comet Lulin has brightened considerably and is a very easy naked eye object. I imaged lulin with my Meade 14" HyperStar f2 and combined four,4min, exposures. image taken from The Arizona Sky Village Portal.

Mike Broussard,
Maurice, Louisiana, USA
Feb. 20, 2009
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I was just able to see Comet Lulin with averted vision from my light polluted location early in the morning on Feb 20th, 2009. I switched to a wide-field setup with a fast lens to photograph it. That worked really well. Details: 22x120 sec @ ISO 1600. Canon 200mm F/2.8 lens, Hutech Canon XS, IDAS-LPS, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Paolo Candy,
Cimini Astronomical Observatory, Italy
Feb. 20, 2009
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I think this comet is like a "Sword", a great show in the sky: "The Sword Comet". Comet LULIN C/2007 N3 & NGC 4546 Baker-Schmidt Zen 10" F/3 Sbig STL 6303E LRGB 3;1;1;2 min 20 Feb 2009 00:30 LT

Gary Honis,
Conyngham, PA
Feb. 17, 2009
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During last quarter Moon, I imaged the comet over a five hour period on 2/17. 138 one-minute exposures were stacked using DeepSky Stacker for this image. A time lapse movie spanning 4.5 hours using 200 one-minute exposures were used for a video that has been posted on Youtube.

more images: from Tony Farkas of Okinawa, Japan; from Jens Hackmann of Weikersheim, southern Germany; from Mike Borman of Evansville, Indiana; from Tom Gwilym of Renton, WA; from Jim Fakatselis of Peppermill Skies Observatory Huntington, New York; from Joe Fisher of Ely, Minnesota; from Martin Campbell of Dungannon, N.Ireland; from John Drummond of Gisborne, New Zealand; from Rolando Ligustri using a remotely-controlled telescope in New Mexico; from Papp Andras of Rothenwörth, Germany

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