I've been able to image NEOWISE at around 9PM PDT on both July 14 and 15 and the comet is getting close to being a naked eye object even from as far south as San Diego. How easy it will be to see NEOWISE will depend on the transparency of your skies and your levels of light pollution, but I'm hoping that by tonight (July 16) I will be able to see NEOWISE without optical aid from my red/orange zone light polluted location.
In any case, below is the image I took on the evening of July 15 at just after 9PM PDT. The comet is a fairly easy binocular object and does show a tail when observed with same, but I have yet to actually see the comet with my naked eyes (another San Diego observer, Tom Glenn, reported last night that he could not see the comet without binoculars).
The image below was taken with a 50mm Nikkor lens at around f/6 using a fixed tripod and an uncooled QHY5III-178C camera. This is a stack of 256 subs that were each exposed for 1.5 seconds, so the total integration time was about six minutes. A measurement taken on the photo indicated that the comet's tail is about three degrees long, but as the comet continues to rise higher in the sky over the next few days that should increase with the darker skies.
On the evening of July 14 NEOWISE appeared nearer to the lower right corner of the below image, just over two degrees lower in the sky (see next post with comparison image).
From my location near San Diego and at 9PM PDT NEOWISE will appear at an azimuth of around 319 degrees (toward the northwest) and at the following altitudes (approximately):
Thur, July 16: 11.3 degrees
Fri, July 17: 13.7 degrees
Sat, July 18: 16 degrees (Now we're talking! Still 11 degrees above the horizon at astronomical dusk.)
Sun, July 19: 18.5 degrees
On Wed, July 15 at 9PM PDT NEOWISE was at an altitude of 9 degrees (pictured below). On Tues, July 14 it was at 6.7 degrees (see composite image in the next post).
Edited by james7ca, 16 July 2020 - 10:38 AM.