This is one
of the very first sightings post perihelion of this new comet
in the US. I had a mere 5 minutes to see and shoot this comet,
as it was barely 1 - 2 degrees up in the east, just as the sky
was getting very bright at 5:45 am from the coming morning twilight.
Visually, this 6th magnitude object was small, round and condensed
in the center with no tails visible. This was with my venerable
35mm Panoptic eyepiece and the SV80. I then quickly switched
over to the camera which had been pre focused earlier and took
a series of 30 second exposures to avoid overexposure. I ended
up with two different images, a stack of three 30s shots each.
The comet was barely
visible for the first shot, and then when I checked again a few
minutes later, was lost in the blue morning twilight! I shot
the second shot then, and it caught the comet anyway. The use
of my manual setting circles on this old mount was crucial to
finding this comet amongst the bright glow.