C/2007 N3 Lulin First Look

I don’t like getting up early in the morning. In my world its much better to stay up all night. With a new comet approaching Earth I managed to drag myself out of bed Thursday morning (2.5.2009) and get my first glimpse of Comet Lulin. The previous night I prepared my telescope for morning use and left the camera out to be acclimated to the temperature.

Thursday morning was clear but my transparency was below average. The comet was not naked eye for me in my (yellow) semi-rural sky. In binoculars the little grey blob was readily visible. Just before the end of darkness I collected a few exposures for the photograph on the right. Click image to see larger (1024×681) size.

Comet Lulin will be closest to Earth on 02.24.2009 and you can read more about it at Spaceweather or Sky and Telescope.

Update: photograph above taken with AP 130mm @f4.5, composite of 3 x 5 minute exposures with stock Canon 40D at ISO400.