I tried several times this week to spot the comet Hartley 2 using my birthday preset as an assist. According to EarthSky’s blog, you should be able to find it with binoculars near the constellation Cassiopeia. Here’s a graphic from that blog posting to assist in pinpointing the comet:
Since tonight is October 9th, the comet is below the Double Cluster. I’m taking all the telescope equipment with me to Winfield today so I can make the attempt again tonight (since the moon is still very new and the skies are dark).
Happy comet hunting and keep looking up!