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As Paul says, comets are fickle things, often promising much and delivering little. Occasionally there is really good one though, so well worth keeping track of the latest info.

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You may find this comet  site helpful http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/bright-comets-of-2018/  . I do not expect it to be a Hale Bopp or Hyakutaki but am hoping for a naked eye comet. It should be at it's brightest in the tail end of the year so under darker skies (but clouds abound :hmh:) . There is good information available here http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/ . Keep looking up :happy11:

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I remember looking for Comet Holmes [2007] under a sodium streetlight polluted sky. I was thinking to myself... "Where are you!" as I was looking at where it should be, as the sky appeared misty - it was only when I was increasing the altitude of my 7x50 binoculars for a clearer part of the sky, then after a few minutes I realised that I had been looking at it all the time... doh! :iamwithstupid: - I was staring into the tail.

Comets Hale-Bopp [1995] & Hyakutake [1996] were also viewed with my 7x50's too - at least they were easier targets.

Don't know why, but I think comets are best viewed with binoculars anyway. :bino2:

 

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