Last tuesday I visited the Copernic observatory. Every tuesday in july and august they have an open evening when people from the public can use the telescopes and get some xplanation about the heavens. It was some time ago I went, so it ws very to see that they now have a 52 cm reflector.
I used it to look at some open clusters and a globular cluster. Also M51 was nice, but even with such a telescope there is just some fluff. The small telescope was used to look at the the Dumbbell nebula and some close binaries (epsilon Lyrae and gamma (arrow)). I tried gamma later at home and was able to distinguish the two stars at 8 arcsec separation. I did not try epsilon lyrae as it was in the zenith, which is very awkward with my telescope.
Now I have to return to view the comet.