For a while it looked like the cards were stacked against me due to light pollution.Between the street lights and the almost obnoxiously bright full moon I was still able to see the comet with the naked eye.Comet 17P/Holmes has suddenly become the talk of the astronomy community,when within the last 48hours it went from a +17mag object to a +2.6mag object.Authorities are not not quite sure what has caused this sudden burst of energy.Their have been speculations that the sudden out-gassing may be due to a possible core break up or perhaps a collision with a unseen object.This comet is quite small making it tough to see any details.I am sure more details will emerge as time goes on.So if you have the clear skies and want to view this amazing object.Look towards the Northeast after sundown.It is located in the Perseus constellation near the bright star Mirfak.
Right ascension: 3h 52m 34.2s
Declination: +50 14′ 39″
Below is a image that I took at 9:30pm.I had to move the scope to a different location than normal due to a cropping of tree’s.It is a 2 second exposure and a ISO or 200.It was taken with a Pentax ist DS DSLR.Image was enhanced and cropped using PS Elements.
Image Credit: Andrew