This image at left, is a reproduction from memory of Comet C/2000
WM1 , roughly, as it appeared in the
7x 50 binoculars on 8 / JAN / 2002 at 11.05 U.T.
En route, seeking dark site location 200 km south of Adelaide,
South Australia .
The length of the tail was about 3 degrees. We found the comet
very easily and quickly in the 7x 50 bino's, without any dark
adaption taking place, after having just got out of the car.
An hour later after driving on further, finding a location and
setting up equipment. We couldnt find WM1 with the C8 telescope
or bino's, for at least about 15 minutes..
( panic !! ).
The comet had become very stellar and we needed charts to find
it, as it was indistinguishable from the stars around it. The
seeing had only got better and darker.
( elevation had dropped though, but didnt have anything to do
with the comets appearance changing )...........