Through the telescope, it was a large, fuzzy object.
We were not able to see a tail with or without the telescope. However, others in darker sites claim they were able to see a tail. Galileo, with his refined observational skills, certainly used his telescopes to view the three comets of 1618. In his Assayer of 1623, Galileo argued that comets were merely optical phenomena.
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