A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2020 Jul 20, 16:56 -0700
Well, I finally saw it from the side of my house. On 20th23.00UTC, it was on a line from Megrez to Merak about 1.5 - 2 times that distance, a bit to the left and a fraction up on Talitha and its chum. After looking for 15 minutes with 12x40 Russian binoculars (hardly ideal for night work but only £4GBP from a charity shop), the thin cirrus towards the northern horizon thined and the tail was suddenly so obvious one wonders how one could have missed it for so long.
It wasn't as good as Hail-Bopp in 1997, which I saw easily with the naked eye. However, I saw that was from the top of Lakeland fells far away from any light polution whilst on a night navigation hike (just like a day hike, and when my eyesight was 23 years younger. DaveP