Stuff what I saw

Tonight I saw NGC 457 (Owl Cluster) and NGC 884 / NGC 869 (Double Cluster). Not very effectively; my original plan was to learn the shape of Perseus and use that to find nearby stuff. But it was right overhead, an awkward angle from the chair or with binoculars. So I ended up scanning up from Cassiopeia in the telescope and happened to stumble into the Double Cluster out of sheer luck. Owl Cluster was even luckier, just kind of scanning around for interesting stuff.

I’m a bit disenchanted with the backyard astronomy at the moment. I need some structure, or maybe a social setting, or some reason to hunt these things down other than “they’re there.”