It’s been a fairly blue day and I had hopes of glimpsing Pan-STARRS. I went out after sunset, and between the crescent moon and the sun is a beautifully textured but mostly opaque mass of cirrus. Quite a lovely evening but not a glimpse of the comet through the binoculars. I was helped by Callie the cat who thought it helpful to rub on the binoculars while sitting on my chest. I pretty much gave up and went inside to warm up and hope I’d get another chance if the clouds moved off.
In fact, when I went back out, a fairly bright spot was emerging from the low side of the clouds, followed by a distinct tail, easy in the binoculars.
I ran in to grab the camera, which I had already set up on a tripod. I made a few exposures at 4 seconds f/5.6, but only one was steady enough to use. The comet was visible but not obvious with the naked eye.