January 2009 Archives

C/2007 N3 (Lulin) - JAN 28, 2009

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Sketch of comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Move mouse over sketch above to view labels.Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: After making some other early morning observations on January 28, 2009, I turned the telescope on Comet Lulin. Astronomical twilight was threatening, and I needed to move quickly. The...
While observing comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Friday morning, I shot some photos of what I thought was a beautiful sight. Although moonlight is bad for deep sky observing, it does illuminate the landscape and makes for interesting night scenes. I usually observe at Cinder Hills Overlook when I drive out...
One of the enjoyable parts about making a visual comet observation is seeing how well subtly observed details compare to images taken during the same time period. This often mean waiting a day or two for those images to start posting to the web. So after observing C/2007 N3 (Lulin),...

C/2007 N3 (Lulin) - JAN 9, 2009

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Sketch of comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: What does it take to get me out of bed at the abominable hour of 4 AM? Comet Lulin, that's what! I've been hearing some good reports about it, and saw a fantastic photo of it...

Huge Site Update

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You might have noticed some visual and functional differences here over the last couple weeks. Hopefully, they're all for the better. This site is administered by Movable Type software. The templates I was using were pretty old, and for the past 2 or 3 years, every system upgrade I loaded,...

144P/Kushida - JAN 2 - 3, 2009

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Sketch of comet 144P/Kushida Move mouse over sketch above to view labels and different positions.Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: Comet 144P/Kushida is riding high in Taurus now, but the moon is sneaking up on it. I observed it over the last couple nights and found it sliding...

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