Couple days ago, took the tripod mounted 20x80 binoculars to a nearby playground at 3:30AM to look for Neowise Comet. Lined up behind a basketball backboard to block the worst street light glare. Spotted Alpha & Beta Aurigae & extended a line from the stars to a really low spot on the NE horizon, but the trees were in the way. Took a few minutes & enjoyed Mars near the half moon in the south with the 20x80mm binoculars. Also, Venus showed nicely, I believe close to Aldebaran, towards the Hyades star cluster, but not actually in the cluster. Walking around the basketball court, I steadied another pair of binoculars against a basket hoop post to get a better view of the Hyades, Venus & the Pleiades..... fairly nice even in the light pollution. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw another “star” in a gap between the NE trees. Turning..... well how about that.... Comet Neowise was between the trees. I moved the 20x80 binoculars over, so I could view the comet between the trees. The comet had a tail that was about 1/4 the binocular view width. Without binoculars the tail would then be about two widths of the moon or 1+degrees in length. I tried my best to see any part of the tail longer than the said 1degree. But the morning brightening sky & light pollution washed away hope of seeing more of the tail. I observed the head of the comet. It was small & very tidy, not at all showing the shockwaves that Comet Hale-Bopp showed in the mid-1990’s. Yes, shockwaves.... because Neowise Comet was moving 50+ miles per second. But, those shockwave views had been with my big astronomical telescope. However, the 20x80’s did show a split in the tail of the comet, indicating two tails. I didn’t see any evidence of the curve that good Neowise Comet photographs are showing. Now, that Neowise is moving into the evening sky (hopefully higher in the sky), I’ll try to see more detail tonight.... hopefully. ////// 10PM PDT, 7-13-2020 PS....Observed Comet Neowise with better view than morning observation, tho low near the horizon. Started with Saturn & Jupiter with the 53 power, 80mm terrestrial scope.Two Galilean moons were right & two 20 arcsecond apart moons were left, & closely aligned with Jupiter. The two close moons were 45 arc degrees to each other in their orbital planes & separating at “up to 50,000MPH”. Two equatorial Jupiter bands were nicely visible. The 53 power terrestrial scope is OK on Earth objects, but 900 million mile distant Saturn looked small, even tho the planet is almost 10 times Earth width AND the ring system is 21+ times Earth diameter. In essence, Saturn looked like a 5.28 inch ball with a 12 inch ring, as seen naked eye at 100 foot distance. Hey, its better than seeing the ball & ring at 1 mile distance, naked eye. Yeah, seeing Saturn is much better at 7000 feet with 300 power on a 13 inch long focal length Dobsonian with motor drive. But, the ring system was displaying well & wide. Comet Neowise, in the 53power spotting scope, showed its head best. Even tho the comet was traveling at 50 miles per second, I detected no evidence of shockwaves. The comet tail couldn’t be traced more than a degree, naked eye in the street glare & on the park table I was limited to. Moving the tripod-mounted 20x80mm binoculars among the park trees to help a little bit against the street & house light-pollution, I could see the comet tail better than the other morning observation. The tail stretched to almost half the binocular field, which would be about 35 arc degrees in the binoculars or about 1.5 to 2 degrees naked eye. I could see the slight curve of the tail. It’s been said the best Astro photographs show Neowise as about 6 arc degrees, naked eye. (Just saw a Neowise Comet photo with lots of processing & stacking, said to show tail extensions to 15arcdegrees. This photo & others show much tail details in both the individual tails.) Further observations, I’ll try to see Comet Neowise as soon as the sky darkens. Hopefully, catching it higher in the sky early AND as the orbit will rise, will help observations. Thirty years ago, we had a very good dark sky logging road at 1200 foot altitude, that had an excellent view to the low north, that was nothing but the North Cascades, going into Canada. But that road has been gated for decades. 7-16-2020 PS I...Observed Comet Neowise, Saturn & Jupiter yesterday night & the night before. Struggling against the light pollution, I have successively seen the comet tail extend. It is tough, but I’ve seen the tail as long as 2+ degrees(about 4 Earth moon diameters) AND also the 2nd much shorter tail. Could NOT see any of the rippling effect that excellent Astro images show. However, the comet head is nice in the binoculars, showing a tiny core that most photographs over-expose. I just wish if there were any shockwave effects around the coma to see, my non-astronomical optics would show them. In all cases, my 20x80 binoculars show the comet better than my 53 power 80mm terrestrial spotting scope. However, Jupiter & its moons are much better viewed with the scope. Hard to beat more power on objects with detail. Jupiter, as above & the last two nights, all four Galilean moons were visible. The night before last night was interesting, despite atmospheric turbulence.Saw all four moons as soon as I set up the 53 power scope. But, one of the moons was very very close to Jupiter AND moving toward Jupiter. In short order, that moon started “blending” with Jupiter. On occasion when the turbulence briefly subsided, I could see the moon. But, quickly the turbulence would “blend“ the moon & Jupiter. At one point, I never saw the moon again. Last night I saw all 4 moons. One moon was about 15 arcseconds from Jupiter. It was moving away from Jupiter, & I didn’t have to worry about it “blending” with the planet. 7-18-2020 Cloudy last night, so no Comet Neowise. But, tonite the clouds cleared some hours before observing time, so I got to see the comet again. Presently, the comet is about 67million miles from Earth, but only about 48million miles from the sun, so still inside the orbit of Venus. The comet should be heating pretty good. At its closest to the sun, it was inside the orbit of Mercury. That’s why there was talk that Neowise Comet might not survive. Observed Jupiter. Despite turbulent air, I saw Ganymede & Europa were very close to each other, I guess about 10arcseconds or a bit more. They were positioned at 45 arc degrees angle from each other & their orbits. In only about 20 or 30 minutes, they were even closer(8 arcseconds?) & vertical to their orbits. Then over 20 minutes(?), they started parting. It was sweet to see the interaction, despite the bad turbulence. On two occasions the turbulence stopped for a few seconds, the moons got steady(& brighter) & the distance between the moons seemed almost wide. Hey, I ain’t kickin’ for my $30 scope & tripod purchase. Anyhow, immediately thereafter, the clouds rolled in & observing came to an end. After putting scope, tripods & binoculars into the car, I looked up. In the last remaining patch of clear sky, the ISS satellite passed overhead! A good ending to a good (but short) session. 7-19-2020 Comet Neowise made an isosceles triangle with two brighter stars last night, Iota & Kappa Ursae Majoris (light pollution made them not so bright). Iota is about 47.3 lt-years distance, & a multiple star system. Kappa is a double star, including a debris field, discovered by infra-red telescopes. It is 358 lt-years distance.The stars & comet trio framed nicely in the 20x80 binoculars with 3.5 degree field. Actually, I think I saw the tail extensions better in a small pair of 8x42 binoculars. The sky appeared a bit washed out in the big binocs. Hey, I’ll take my 9x63mm binocs tonight. That’ll be a good complement to the big binocs. But, the coma head was much better in the 20x80’s. Again, tried to see any shockwaves, but that failed. But, I did see some unevenness in the tail, immediate to the head. At the end of my comet observations, the comet had moved, with the stars & comet forming a right triangle, instead of the isosceles triangle. Since I started watching Comet Neowise, it has moved from Auriga east northeast into Ursae Major. Jupiter was good again, all my nights showing the 4 Galilean moons in the 53 power, 80mm spotting scope. Two (Europa & Io?) were close & got closer until merging, over a 2.5 hour period. More often than last night, altho there was turbulence, moons showed nicely crisp. At times the gap between Europa & Io appeared large even as they got closer. I believe a sharp large telescope at high power would have showed at least some of the moons(large Callisto or Ganymede?) as disks. Unlike yesterday, the moons didn’t pass each other separately. But at 12:21AM, I could not see them as separated. With a big telescope & 300 power, they may have been resolved separately while passing, but I don’t know. 7-20-2020 Observed Neowise Comet again. Yes, it had moved east away from stars Iota & Kappa Ursae Majoris. The 3 points produced a long canted-over “triangle”. Was excited to use the 9x63mm binoculars as opposed to the small 8x42mm binoculars, in conjunction with the 20x80mm binoculars. Stars did appear brighter. As far as the tail of Neowise tho, I couldn’t see any further extension of the tail than with the 8x42mm binoculars the night before. I think the atmospheric conditions in the light pollution last night were a little “softer” than the night before. For the fifth or sixth night in a row, all 4 Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter were showing. All moons were spread around Jupiter & no close interactions occurred. Galilean moon velocities around Jupiter AND Earth moon velocity are as follows: Callisto, outer moon(1.17 million miles from Jupiter).....18,500 miles per hour Ganymede (665,000 miles from Jupiter).... 24,500 miles per hour Europa (417,000 miles from Jupiter).... 30,800 miles per hour Io (262,000 miles from Jupiter).... 38,900 miles per hour Earth moon(240,000 miles from Earth)..... about 2286 miles per hour Maximum “crossing velocity” of Io & Europa....38,900+30,800= 69,700 miles per hour Decades ago, I saw Io appear from behind Europa with my high power astronomical telescope. I could physically see both moons part from each other...at 69,700 MPH. The great Io AND Earth Moon velocity squared difference, is due to Jupiter being about 318 times more massive than Earth plus the difference of Io distance from Jupiter vs. Earth moon distance from the Earth. 7-21-2020 Last night, observed Comet Neowise, numerous arcdegrees almost directly south of the Big Dipper southernmost North Star pointer star. Neowise, firing out of the solar system, moves to near the distance from the sun of the orbit of Venus, after being closest to the sun, inside the orbit of Mercury. Went “cheap” last night & left the 20x80mm binoculars at home. I should have had the big binocs, I think. Anyhow, Saturn looked OK in the 53 power terrestrial spotting scope & Jupiter was a little better. Again, for the 7th or 8th time in a row, all four Galilean moons were showing. One on the close left of Jupiter, eventually moved further left & passed another Moon. The two moons seemed to “dawdle”, so they might have been Callisto & Ganymede. Maybe I can find out. UPDATE: The two moons were Ganymede & Io. So the slow movement of Ganymede is explained, being the 3rd most distant Galilean moon from Jupiter & slower. Io tho, orbits Jupiter faster. However, Io was fairly near its eastern elongation in relation to Jupiter. So much of the speed of Io was disguised, since its motion was much “towards the Earth” at the time. 7-25-2020 Been cloudy the last few days. Yeah, Washington state astronomy. Last night it clouded up, too. But, I looked out the computer room window to the south around 10PM & saw Jupiter between clouds. Hurried & quickly placed the 53 power terrestrial spotting scope in the open window, the tripod precariously perched on the frame. Quickly saw only 3 moons of Jupiter before the clouds rolled over it. Put the scope away. About 1am the next morning(early this morning), the sky was clear & Jupiter shined brightly. Tho sleepy, I set the scope up on the window sill & saw 4 moons of Jupiter. Two moons were very close on the right hand side of the planet. They were large, brighter, slower moving Ganymede & smaller, dimmer, faster moving Europa, passing south of Ganymede. The resolution of the scope & distance between the moons was good enough, the 2 moons did not merge. Obviously, I could not see Comet Neowise in the north. Could have even been cloudy in that direction. Most certainly, the trees blocked the view, too. I went to bed. 7-29-2020 Observations for the last 2 days: Comet Neowise in this light-polluted neighborhood is losing its visible tail as it moves passed the orbit of Venus & extends to 71 million miles from Sol. Photos still show the tail from non-light-polluted regions, tho. As it moved closest to Earth (not close tho), the comet head seems a bit larger & doesn’t have the more intense small central core appearance. Not near any bright stars, I’ll have difficulties telling it from dimmer stars with shakey hand-held binoculars, just to find it.