Comet Hale-Bopp visible! (early 1997)

Two great comets in two years. Unbelievable. There are generally something like ten new comets every year, but they rarely reach naked eye visibility.
I've posted a local newsgroup note about it.
On the morning of February 13th, the clouds finally broke, and I got to see the comet from the East End of Pittsburgh. Clearly visible, and clearly a comet, although I had to use binoculars to see the tail. It looked to be about 2nd magnitude. I'm really looking forward to March!
I have a Web page still around describing how to see last year's great comet, Comet Hyakutake, from Pittsburgh.
``Comets are like cats. They have tails, and they do precisely what they want.'' -- David Levy