The latter observation was made with my Meade ETX-70 (7 cm refractor) at 13.5x magnification (field-of-view about 4 degrees) during a near-zenith pass at 18:03 UTC (27 Jan), when the object passed close to Algol.
It was faint (mag. +7 to +8) and very fast, zipping through the field of view being gone before you knew it. I had some impression of a slow brightness variation.
It was very nice to finally see it, after a few earlier failed attempts.