We had phenomenal weather over the weekend, and last night was exceptionally clear with good seeing and transparency.
Andreas, Sebastian, John and I stayed up the whole night observing, imaging and enjoying the views.
Mars rose after 3:00am but wasn't high enough to find the comet until closer to 4:00am
We observed it in Sebastians 18" Starmaster. The views in this instrument are stunning, especially as we were looking through bino viewers, which adds a 3-d effect to the field of view. We were all anticipating this "first light" attempt at seeing ISON because the comet has been getting brighter.
Past efforts were unsuccessful because it was still too dim, but we have officially crossed over into new territory, backyard astronomers can now see this comet!