Visually observing the comet that night through binoculars and telescopes was nowhere near as interesting as the picture. My eyes were seeing a faint gray smudge lost in a sea of stars. Unfortunately this comet never got as bright as they initially predicted.
Its been a struggle to get a reasonable picture out of the images I took that night. The comet moved very fast relative to the stars which led to smearing. This is easily seen looking at one of the raw images:
Click the image on the left for a full size crop of one single exposure, two and a half minutes in duration. Note how the comet leaves a small streak rather than a sharp image. For my skills this has presented a problem in combining the multiple exposures into one picture. So I ended up with a ill-defined and smeared comet. I’ll keep working on it though.