Went out for an hour with the 25x100 big binoculars - one day soon I hope to get the telescope out but it is a 2 man job to avoid struggling!!
Iridium 55 came right on time - the "Heavens Above" site is still proving valuable.
Saturn was skirting the hedge tops and showing off its rings nicely. The low elevation and pub lights are still a problem but bringing the binoculars into the lee of the house helped in finding the Open Cluster M21 and the nearby Trifid Nebula. The Lagoon Nebula was too low from this elevation. The final target was M11 the "Wild Duck" cluster - easily found from lambda Aquila. At magnitude 5.8 and a sensible elevation it was a joy to see - though in binoculars I struggled to see where the name came from. When I get the telescope out I must look again.
Good stuff Mike, nice that the iridiums are still around for a little bit, I missed that one though as I was going all out, set up the scope full 3 star alignment etc! It proved worthwhile as I managed several NGC open clusters in Cygnus and a couple of PN's before heading north for a look at M81 and 82, by the time I was heading for M101 though, the moon was casting a skyglow bright enough to wash it out, so at 11pm I packed in. Good to get a chance to have a look round though.