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I was not disappointed! As can be seen in my sketch at left, the comet is quite bright, at approximately magnitude 7. It contains a bright nucleus, and while difficult to detect, there appear to be two tails. (These are hard to bring out in the scan of my sketch). It is unusual to see a bright comet in the same field of view as a globular cluster, and it was well worth the lack of sleep. I also made a sketch and observation of Mars, but the seeing conditions were poor and the drawing is surely not as exciting as the event depicted at left.
Update: The picture below was captured from New Mexico the morning following my observation and sketch, when the comet was within .5 degree of M92.