Tried to see this comet last night.
It is really frustrating for a lot of reasons.
- The “guides” to spotting it are often terrible. I looked at several dozen such guides and they generally have “helpful” info like right ascension and declination and such. Good for amateur astronomers. Not so great for regular folk.
Finally found a semi-helpful page today. I just want: What direction? How high up? for a given location/hour.
Light pollution, esp. with a fairly bright Moon. I hardly see any stars at all, naked eye. Never mind the thousands in the star charts. Egad. It’s like looking at a road map that includes every possible footpath with little to tell them apart from real roads.
Trees. I am surrounded by trees. I get glimpses here and there of some of the sky. Moving around a bit I can most of the sky.
Note: I am not walking around my neighbor hood at night with a pair of binoculars. In addition, I’d have to stick to the streets and the street lights (and the zillion “security” lights people have put up in recent years) make that a very poor option. Also forget driving, etc. due to my situation.
So it was supposed to be near the Pleiades. Great. I know them well. Can’t see them thru the trees almost at all. Got a glimpse at one spot thru the binoculars. Tried to move to see the sky nearby. Lost 'em.
But eventually I did spot an odd color fuzz between two bright stars. Hmm. I don’t know.
I’ll try again tonight to see if it moved.