I got out last night and put a gargantuan effort into seeing comet 45P only to walk away with the prize for trying really hard. Armed with the latest info and maps from an S&T article written by Bob King http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observin ... ess-skies/
I strutted out to the street with my binos in hand and ready to conquer. The starfield was easy enough to navigate, and the charts I consulted even showed the comet sitting in a chair-like asterism of stars a little way above Beta Coma. Try as I may though, I couldn't claim to be seeing anything.
In and out of the house I strode, consulting charts and the latest info on the SkyLive website https://theskylive.com/planetarium?obj=45p
Things were much harder than they should have been. The star patterns were very clear and I was 99.9% sure I was looking in exactly the right place, and the latest reports indicated that 45P was still hanging in there as a 10x50 binocular object, yet I couldn't pull it out of the sky. Back and forth I went, map and binos in hand and finding places to hide from the neighborhood lights, all to no avail.
Eventually I considered grabbing the 20x80s for a go at it handheld, then I reconsidered said to myself "just go get a scope". Surely that would resolve this. So out came a scope and back at it I went, carefully hopping my way through the stars to the area of interest. Nothing. More map consulting; maybe I wasn't scanning a wide enough area? Was I absolutely certain about the starfield? Did I have the date right? Was it perhaps the next day in universal time? On and on it went, in, out, put scope away, drag it back out.
Eventually I had to pack it in. All told the efforts had spanned a little over two hours and it was now past midnight. My goose was cooked and I had no comet to show for it. In the end I think I was done in by poor transparency in that part of the sky - I just never had a dark background no matter what I looked through. And 45P is fading. The SkyLive ephemeris has it between mag 10 and 11 now, and most visual reports have it nearing mag 9. I'll take another shot later during the week and break out the 12.5 if I have to. I really want to see this before it's gone.