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Old February 21 2009, 04:57 AM   #1
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Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

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Has anyone had a chance to see this comet yet? Apparently it's reached between magnitude 6 and 7, so you can't really see it without some help. But all that would be needed is a good pair of binoculars.
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Old February 21 2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

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Apparently it's reached between magnitude 6 and 7
That's still not impressive enough for me, I've got a scope and have taken photos of the Moon, Clusters and Mars and this 6 or 7 number for a comet is not something that inspires me
if it hits a 4 I'll take a look. Definitely if it goes to minus numbers
McNaught was the big show 2 years back but you needed to be an Aussie or Argentinean to see the real display (it drifted too far south)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_McNaught
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Old February 21 2009, 09:03 PM   #3
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Re: Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

I've not actually seen it yet, but that's only because every time I think of looking for it it's been cloudy. I'll give it another shot tomorrow morning.

By the way, it's best viewed ~4am local time, and it'll be between Spica and Saturn. Binoculars should be good enough to resolve it. Here's a link to a finder chart: http://www.astrodrayer.com/lulin/LulinN3-2.gif
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Old February 24 2009, 04:57 AM   #4
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Re: Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

Impressive is a very subjective term here. This comet is not the brightest ever, or with the most spectacular tail. However, it does have an unusual appearance. Plus, comets rarely are ever accessible in viewing to the general public. Tonight, I'm considering staying up until 2:00 am so I can see it, because it will finally be high enough in the sky. It won't approach Hale-Bopp's levels - the most spectacular comet so far in my lifetime. But it is still a comet, and that makes it rare and all the more motivation enough for me.
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Old February 25 2009, 03:22 AM   #5
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Re: Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

I have seen both Hailies comet and Hale-Bopp. Of the two I would say Hale-Bopp was a far more impressive sight. I was 10 maybe when I saw hailies, but I was 16 or so when I saw Hale-Bopp. It was so close to the horizon, as its tail moved from right to left. I wish I had a video, ill see if I can find one on the internet.
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Old February 26 2009, 05:13 AM   #6
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Re: Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin - any luck?

Just saw it with a pair of binoculars, but it wasn't very impressive.

Seeing here in SE Florida isn't that great and to me it was a very indistinct smear halfway between Saturn and Regulus. You'd still need a good dark site and a light-bucket of a scope or binocs (really large with low magnification).

Good chart at Sky and Telescope magazine HERE.
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