Despite that, however, I do manage a few here and there. Usually the easy ones, like Eta Persei. Maybe those are the doubles a double star novice should start off with. Eta is quite nice, actually. The primary was school bus yellow and the companion seemed more Alice blue than white.
Wide separation and PA about 300. Apparently there is a third companion listed pretty far away. There are some stars in the field, but I had no idea which would be the third component. It might have been a brighter star NW outside the field shown.
Seeing was about 7 to 8/10 and just enough to disturb the first ring. Transparency was nearer to mag 3. Nice night, just lit by the moon.