It’s not looking good for transits by HD 17156 b. Ron Bissinger of Pleasanton, California obtained a block of photometric data that covered a significant chunk of the transit window. His time series lasts from JD 2454353.68 through 2452353.88, and shows no hint of an event:
His observations were taken just after the peak of the transit midpoint histogram:
No word yet on whether anyone in Europe or the eastern US were able to observe during the first half of the window. If you got data, let me know.
Also, the Gliese 176 window has opened up. If you’ve got a telescope, a CCD, and a free evening, you know what to do!