I spoke too
soon. I should have waited another 30 minutes. When I checked the sky again around 6:00PM I COULD see the comet. I'll post my results (photos) in another email. Sorry for the warning about the comet having faded away. It's still visible in binos!
Comet Holmes has faded to the point where I cannot see it tonight from New Bedford with 12x50 binos. I was outside at 5:25 PM and could not find it anywhere within a five degree field of Mirfak. I even did a sweep beyond the 5-degree field of my binos. No comet. The moon was not a factor as it isnâ€™t high enough in the sky yet.
On Friday night I could see it in my binos and did get one image (25-second, ISO 800) later (11:23 PM) that night. It was a difficult view in Bob Mâ€™s 15-inch DOB that night from UMASS Dartmouth.
If you have not had a chance to view this comet Iâ€™m afraid youâ€™ve missed it. It may be in reach of mid to large telescopes if you know where to look. Iâ€™ll try again later tonight but I think itâ€™s over for Comet Holmes. It was a good run.