Speaking of comets, I saw Comet Machholz last week. "Oh, it's by Algol," I thought when I looked at the chart. I'm glad I brought my copy of H. A. Rey's The Stars with me (by the way: yes, that's the same H. A. Rey who wrote the Curious George books, and it's also absolutely the best introductory guide to the constellations), because I could not precisely remember how to get to Algol, especially with Pegasus setting and a limited sky view from the apartment courtyard. But my 10x50 binoculars and I made it eventually, and I verified that it is indeed a fuzzy little blob. Well, not much else to expect in the middle of the city. Also, Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp ruined me for faint comets. I didn't think it was worth setting up the Astroscan for (and I really didn't want to spend the time to let it adapt to the outdoor temperature). Although I could've looked at the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula too.