Comet Lulin on Mar 14, 2009


f=1600mm prime focus

Date & Time: Mar 14 2009, from 19:20 to 19:51 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 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: Mar 14 2009, from 19:31 to 19:58 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 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





The comet Lulin in that day could be detected in southern evening skies, in Gemini, with a coma brightness of 6th magnitude. I could appreciate it with a portable binocular easily. The comet has no ionized tails but has a dust tail in east direction with a length of about 40 arc minutes. You can see an open cluster of NGC2420 in left hand side of the second image.




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