I got up around 3:30 am this morning of July 17th to look for C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS). This was my second attempt, as I tried again a previous night and it was cloudy. I wasn't expecting an easy object and I decided to use 20x80 binoculars, but by star hopping from alpha Cam to beta Cam and then to 4 Cam, I immediately found it, about 30 degrees above the northeast horizon. The comet was in the same field of view and to my surprise, it was visible with direct vision with no difficulty. At first, I had to double check its exact position and to make sure I was looking at the comet and not at some bright deep sky object! It looked like a small globular cluster with a very slightly elongated shape with a north west to south east direction and no obvious tail. I estimated its brightness around +8 magnitude, but it think it could have been a little brighter. I could not detect any indication of breaking up and if this is indeed a dying comet, as some of the above replies suggest, it is currently well worth observing. And if what I saw is the result of a second outburst, I suggest everyone interested, to rush out and see it the soonest!
Edited by astrocy, 17 July 2018 - 08:42 AM.