My goal for last night was to photograph the "winter hexagon" and though I saw it, it quickly became apparent that with my lens there was no chance.
I shifted to the constellation of Lepus the hare just below Orion. From our garden it doesn't rise very high so though I looked for the globular cluster M79 i couldn't see it - likely it was in the trees.
I attempted a 15 second shot of the constellation and have put in a few constellation lines to liven it up. R Leporis aka Hind's Crimson Star is just visible (look hard).
I did manage it visually in the 25x100 binoculars and as carbon stars go it was an impressive colour albeit fainter than I would have liked. The AAVSO site gives the current magnitude as 8.7 so midway between the quoted figures of 5.5 and 11.7. It is said that the colour is more readily seen when at minimum (every 14.5 months). Worth looking for now if you are up for the challenge. (Click on the picture for a larger version).