For the first time in ages I managed to make sure that I acclimatised my eyes properly, and on such a clear night it was well worth the effort.
I dragged out of the garage an obsolete reclining office chair and a footstool and leant back with my feet up for a good hour using the Mark I Eyeball aided occasionally by my Opticron Monocular.
Probably my most rewarding night's observing in a long time. Lyra and Cygnus were very clear and I could just make out the Milky Way running through that part of the sky, no mean feat where I live!
Looking through the monocular in these areas was breathtaking, countless numbers of stars!
I also had my eye on Cassiopiae and Perseus, the double cluster was a nice sight again.
For the first time I was able to spot the Andromeda galaxy with the naked eye!
Then, the Mrs turned on the bathroom light!
I was only today telling someone at work that you don't need to buy lots of kit to enjoy the night sky!