We have had some beautiful evenings lately, and +Steven Spence
and +Karen Peck
have stimulated a dormant hobby of scanning the night sky with binoculars.
The seeing is not particularly good at De Montalt Wood and the Ophiucus area of the sky is one which has rather eluded me till now having few bright stars.
But a pair of 8 x 50 binoculars revealed an attractive triangle (or tick if you include the 4th Star). In this ancient chart it can be seen immediately to the left of his left shoulder (as we look at it). It occupies an area approximately the same as one square on the chart. This is about 6 degrees which is the same area that a typical pair of binoculars covers.
I spent ages before I confirmed what it was. When I did, I was disappointed that it had no name. Then, Oh Serendipity! – I found that not only had it got a name, but it was an ancient constellation and it is still referred to on some charts by its old name +Taurus Poniatovii* or Poniatowski’s Bull
Quit a nice result for my first foray.