My wife and I drove to the Naylor Observatory last night so that I could use the observatory's 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain to observe the bright supernova SN 2020nlb in M85, a task in which I was successful. By doing so, we gave up a chance of seeing Comet NEOWISE F3 in the evening sky, since the northwestern horizon is far from ideal at the observatory.
I was able to see M104 during twilight, which boded well for viewing the far-higher-in-altitude M85. The 12th-magnitude Type 1a supernova was really quite easy to see. I used magnifications of 170, 259, and 324x, with 259x providing the best view.
2020nlb (= ATLAS20qoq), TNS discovered 2020/06/25.251 by ATLAS
Found in M85 at R.A. = 12h25m24s.181, Decl. = +18°12'12".52
Located 1".0 east and 43".2 north of the center of M85 (Gianluca Masi image)
Mag 12.2:7/4 and rising, Type Ia (References: AstroNote 2020-127, AstroNote 2020-126)
There's an excellent image of the supernova posted at https://www.flickr.c...es/50081274267/
I also observed Jupiter, Saturn, M11, M5, and Alcor-Mizar and did a bit of binocular observing before calling it an early night.