Two Lords of the Heavens

Comet Lulin

Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) and Saturn
Sketch and Details by Leonor Ana Hernández


The medium used: graphite pencil.
Negative image.

The equipment used: 12×80 Binoculars (Field 4,2º)

Date: 23-02-2009
Place: Cuerva (Toledo, Spain)

The night was explendid, clear and cold (1º C).
The Sky Quality Meter (SQM-L) shows 21,17 mag/seg arc^2

The comet and Saturn was in the same field of view, separated 2º aproximately. At 23:30 TU the coma was located between the stars HIP55574 and HIP55467 of Leo. The coma´s diameter fills the space between them completelly.
The tail was wide close to the coma but very thin at the end.
Quite visible and noticeable. The tail points to 80 Leonis and exceeds it with averted vision.
The nucleous was intense but not a like-star.
Saturn was fantastic with a pale yellow light and the thin ring that crosses the planet, like a cutter line. And Titan very close…

Unforgetable night!


Leonor Ana Hernández

Webmaster’s note: ASOD will be featuring Comet 2007 N3 (Lulin) sketches for severals days due to the number of extraordinary sketches we’ve recently received.

4 thoughts on “Two Lords of the Heavens”

  1. Leonor Ana,

    It has been too long since you have posted here. This is a beautiful, magical sketch of comet Lulin and Saturn/Titan in conjunction.

    Frank 🙂

  2. Leonora,

    Frank is right. Magical sketch with two fine objects: Saturn and Lulin. Very interesting!


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