According to MPEC 2008-O67, the comet was 1.04 AU far from us and only 0.05 AU far from the solar center during our observation. The bright star near the comet is of 8.3 magnitude and has coordinate J2000 RA: 8h39m31.51s, DE: +17°28'41.5" (TYC1392-00854-1 Tycho 2 catalogue). The second little bit fainter star at the bottom right is of 9.0 magnitude and its coordinate are J2000 RA: 8h38m44.19s, DE: +17°14'56.5" (TYC1392-00425-1 Tycho 2 catalogue). See the image with coordinate grid.
You may see the comet images taken in Russia and Mongolia also in the form of animations with wider and narrower field of view.
Acknowledgement I identified the comet thanks to information from Michal Kusiak, Martin Mašek and Dalibor Hanžl.
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