Night has returned to the north at last as the sun begins to dip below 18 degrees and the nights start to draw in.
Although saying that the moon was quite bright last night, but at least it was low above the southern horizon.
I managed to have a few hours at the eyepiece and observed a few doubles, then moved onto my variable star targets, which took up most of the session.
63 SERPENS CAUDA / STF 2417: 4.5, 4.9, 104, 22.5".
A nice triple system which was mentioned on this forum a while ago. The 'C' component is part of TOK 620, a wide pair that Chris noted in one of his posts. A nice view at 156x. And yes it does look like two headlights coming towards you.
Not too far away is HJ 873 SERPENS CAUDA: 9.7, 11.7, 73, 21.7". Took a few moments to make out 'B' as it was a little washed out by the primary, and the moon was blazing away of course. But 270x brought out the 11.7 mag speck.
Next a multiple system by all accounts, although I only managed an A/C split.
67 OPHIUCHUS: 3.9, 8.0, 142, 55.1". Obvious at low power, but nothing seen of the other members of this system at any magnification. A few clouds where starting to encroach and this did not help, but I'll have to be satisfied with just the 'C' companion.
The last of the session was 70 OPHIUCHUS: 4.2, 6.1, 122, 6.5".
Have not seen this star for many a year, a really pleasing view at 135x, nice and compact. After a few minutes viewing the clouds began to really spoil the view so I turned the scope to the clear areas of sky to began variable observing in Cassiopeia.
A good night, nice and dry with no dew, and pleasently mild at 18c.