Well for a while at least so out came the 25x100 binoculars for an airing.
Ophiuchus was showing well in the southern sky around 9.00 p,m. Several Globular Clusters were in view - M10 (mag 6.6) and M12 (just visible through the trees in our garden). M14 at magnitude 7.6 was a pleasing sight as was the Open Cluster IC4665 just north of beta Ophiuchus.
M71 the globular in Sagitta at magnitude 8.3 was a challenge - as objects get higher in the sky the binoculars move at will - still we nailed it.
Turning to NE we found the Perseus Double Cluster easily and M31 the Andromeda Galaxy was seen naked eye and comfortably in 8x30 binoculars.
The final object we wanted to see was mu Cephei aka the Garnet Star in Cepheus. It is magnitude 4.2 and no hint of colour was seen by us. Being vertically above us binoculars were useless but one day we will get the Dobsonian out and hopefully the deep red colour praised by Sir William Herschel will be seen by us also.