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. Neverlethess, observers say it is still visible to the naked eye (5th magnitude) and a fine target for backyard telescopes. [full story] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [finder charts: Jan.11-Feb.20, Feb.20-Mar.21]

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VISUAL REPORTS: "Comet Lulin is an easy target even in a big city like Sao Paulo," reports Brazilian observer William Souza on Feb. 27th. "This morning I was able to observe a tail about 1/2-degree long using a pair of 20x80 binoculars, and I photographed the comet using my Canon 350D--no telescope required."

"Even though all the hype around Comet Lulin dealt with its passing by Saturn on Feb. 24th, the comet is still cruising through Leo and has developed a very 'cometesque' tail. It makes a lovely subject for photography," reports Jeff Greenwald of Laramie, Wyoming. "I took this picture on Feb. 27th through a gap in the clouds. It is a 2-minute exposure from my Canon 20D set at ISO 800."

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Chris Schur,
Payson, Arizona
Feb. 26, 2009
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This is my deepest shot of Lulin so far, at a time when it was an easy 5th magnitude naked eye object in Leo, nearing Regulus. This shot is 40 minutes worth of 5 minute exposures stacked with the comets nucleus in register to track on the comet, making the stars stream by. Such a fast comet! 400mm f/5 ISO 800 exposure 8x5m

Nicki Mennekens,
Pingelly, Australia
Feb. 27, 2009

7.5 minute exposure of comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) through a Takahashi FSQ-106 f/5 astrograph with a SBIG one-shot color camera (STL-11000). Taken remotely with a telescope of the Tzec Maun Observatory.

Amir H. Abolfath,
Tehran, Iran
Feb. 27, 2009
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Naked eye visible comet in head of Leo. Canon EOS 5D, 85mm f/2.8

Mike Holloway,
Van Buren, Ar
Feb. 27, 2009

5" refractor and CCD

Mahdi Zamani,
Arjmand,Firoz koh, Iran
Feb. 27, 2009
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Comet Lulin is moving near earth. Camera: Canon 30D, ISO: 1600 ASA,Telescope: APO 110 mm,

Michael Horn,
Leyburn, Queensland, Australia
Feb. 26, 2009

Comet Lulin looked pretty good last night even though we had poor atmospheric seeing conditions. It was clearly visible by the naked eye and quite pretty among the twinkling stars. I have attached a shot taken between the clouds passing over. There is either a faint second tail or a jet in the image, but I could not see it visually through the 12inch scope.

more images: from Guilherme Grassmann of Americana, São Paulo, Brasil; from Yuichi Takasaka of Whitevale Road, Lumby, British Columbia, Canada; from Koen van Gorp of Waasmunster, Belgium; from Andrey Litvonov of Moscow, Russia; from Bareket Observatory in Israel; from Tibor Horvath of Tibor Horvath, Hegyhatsal, Hungary; from Pete Lawrence of Selsey, West Sussex, UK;

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