I guess there are two options.
1. Hike in to a summit, view the comet, night hike out. This would need to be shorter hike.
2. Backpack to an area with good views, camp out, take my time after dark, and middle of the night.
I live in Kirkland. Any recommendations within a two hour drive of the Eastside? Thanks!
Fremont Lookout at Rainier; I'm sure there are others - Tolmie also a possibility. Glacier View should be good as well. All these off the top of my head. I may head up to Fremont myself one night and I'm also in the Kirkland area (N Rose Hill) though a lot depends on what my visiting brother wants to do when this week.
-------------- Backpacking: limited to one pack at a time. Cameras: limited to as many as I can carry.
The keys are being able to see about two hand widths below the Big Dipper (although it's getting higher) without obstacles (like trees, mountains); getting away from light pollution; waiting for dark skies -- like after 10:30 or 11; and bringing binoculars. We were able to see it at Bowman Bay a few days ago, looking below the lower right hand star of the Big Dipper dipper. To the naked eye, it just looked like a fuzzy streak, but with just 8x binoculars, we could clearly see the comet itself and the tail. It actually looked more impressive than I expected.
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