Comet Lulin on Feb 21, 2009


f=1600mm prime focus

Date & Time: Feb 21 2009, from 24:05 to 24:23 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 6 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with a conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Nikon D50 (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3008 x 2000)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600





f=530mm prime focus

Date & Time: Feb 21 2009, from 24:06 to 24:23 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 5 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
with IDAS LPS-P1 Light-pollution suppression filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2Pro
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024 x 2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto





f=200mm telephoto lens

Date & Time: Feb 21 2009, from 23:50 to 24:23 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 6 minutes exposed
Optical: AF zoom-Nikkor ED 80-200mmF2.8 (f=200mm, F3.2)
with IDAS LPS-P2-FF Light-pollution suppression filter
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Nikon D80 (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3872 x 2592)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800




This page shows you several comet Lulin shots captured 3 days before the closest to the Earth. The comet in that day has been positioned around midway of eta and beta Vir with a brightness of about 5th magnitude, I could detect easily with my naked eyes. The images show you an anti-tail with a length of over 2 degrees in ESE and an indistinct ion tail in opposite direction.




Lulin on Mar 6, 2009

Lulin on early morning of Feb 7, 2009


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