Well after blogging about this a week ago and creating much interest on this blog (17 comments including why is an economics blog talking about this), we finally saw Comet McNaught tonight. At about 9:20pm it appeared in the South-West Melbourne sky. It was visible to the naked eye. We also got out the ol’ Celestron and could see it in great detail.
Basically, it looked much like this picture [HT; Moneytimes] from earlier in the week, although the tail was longer and started to stretch across the sky. It was much much better than the smuge that was Halley’s Comet in 1986 (and you didn’t have to get up at 4am for this one either).
If you are reading this right now, you can go outside and see it. Otherwise, I am sure a clear night tomorrow will continue the view.