C/2011 W3 Comet Lovejoy
Clouds from horizon to horizon has been the name of the game here for nearly every celestial event!
I got up on Thursday night/Friday morning at 3am, checked the sky and it was a black blanket of cloud. I observed for around 20 minutes while simultaneously checking the Bureau of Meteorology to confirm that the clouds weren't going anywhere. Back to bed to grind my teeth and grumble something about Murphy's law.
This morning, I stayed up until 1:30am, had a little snooze on the couch and checked the night sky every half hour. At 2:30am the sky turned crystal clear! I loaded everything in the ute and took off like a bull at a gate for the mountains south-west of Canberra and away from the city light.
And there it was! Comet Lovejoy in all it's glory, lighting up the heavens like a searchlight, signalling passing spacecraft.