Observing Log for 2009-03-01

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Location: Billingborough (South Lincolnshire, UK)
From: 2009-03-01 20:10 UT
To: 2009-03-01 20:30 UT
Equipment: Monocular
Meade 10x50 Binoculars
Temperature: 5.6C ...
Dew Point: 2.0C ...
Humidity: 78% ...
Wind Speed: 1.7mph ...
Wind Dir: North North West ...
Pressure: 1007.0hPa ...

After a week of cloud and other engagements I finally had some clear skies and a quick chance to have a look for Lulin. Slight hint of mist in the air and a waxing crescent Moon in the western sky.

Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin

From: 2009-03-01 20:10 UT
To: 2009-03-01 20:30 UT

Headed out with the 10x50 binoculars and started to sweep the general area that where Lulin should have been. At first I struggled to find it but, after a couple of minutes, I noticed a misty patch that was showing up with averted vision. I have my eyes a little more time to adapt and what I was seeing started to stand up to direct vision. It was obviously Lulin.

The view I had is best described as a large faint misty patch, elongated in one dimension, with no obvious "core" and with no sign of a tail. No sign of any colour was visible either (some people had been reporting that it looked green to the eye).

I grabbed my 20x60 monocular and had a look through that to see if there was any difference but it looked pretty much the same as above.

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