Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) remains on track to be the brightest comet of the year. It should peak around 5th magnitude during the second half of February, when it will slide past Spica, Saturn, and Regulus. To track the comet from your location as it crosses the night sky, check out Astronomy.com's interactive star chart — StarDome.
To find and track Comet Lulin with StarDome:
This to me is a very exciting event for the year of 2009, especially for the binocular observers like myself. Although it's magnitude isn't certain, if it reaches magnitude four to magnitude six, it should be a great show, and easilly found since it will be between Libra to Leo during the month. I am also intreagued the the erie green color it will be giving on as a result of the nitrous-cyanide gas that it has. I can't wait!
I was out last night and really struggled to locate Lulin. Anyone willing to share equipment tips, time of night, sky sign post hints, etc... your help would be greatly appreciated. I have kids who are trying to locate it with a 90mm f/8.8 and we are a little north of LA.
I can't find it or see it I guess I looked for like an hour and the only thing next to saturn is a dot. I looked between the constellations too so I know I'm in the right area...maybe there's too much light pollution???
I was able to spot it with 10x50 binoculars fairly easily last Sunday. It was about 7-8 degree to the south-west of Saturn. Looked like a fuzz ball. I couldn't spot the tail or green colour though.
I think I managed to peg it a couple nights ago using my 8" dob. I was able to view the fuzzball in my finderscope relatively easy, and then switched to the eyepiece for a nice view. I wasn't able to view much of a tail associated with it though.
I observed it several times with my 15x70 binoculars from mid-Feb through th end of Feb. It has been too cloudy so far in March. Very interesting fuzzball!!!