The constellation of Ophiuchus is not well known.
It lies across the ecliptic and is best seen in UK in the Summer.
The name means “Snake bearer” and has been linked with the greek physician/god of medicine Asclepius who bore a snake-entwined staff – the Caduceus (both Poison and Medicine). Older records suggest a link with a Babylonian man/snake god.
Up here in Limavady at 55 North , Ophiuchus is still lying pretty much on my horizon but last night, I did catch the upper part of the constellation and saw Messier 12 – a globular cluster.
The snake carried by the good doctor is the constellation Serpens – the head bit – Serpens Caput is also just about above the horizon and contains another globular cluster Messier 5 which was observed.
I also worked at trying to see the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings. I tried my Vixen NLV 5mm (x400 eyepiece) but focusing was difficult maybe due to atmospheric turbulence or just the difficulty in focusing a SCT scope under high magnification. My 9mm (x222) Meade 5000 HD60 eyepiece gave a much steadier image with the division spotted. A light blue (Wratten 80A) filter helped considerably and even brought out a little banding in Saturn itself.
Just messing about with eyepieces, I looked at M57, the Ring nebula with an 18mm (x111) Meade 5000 HD60 and appreciated a large view of the smoke ring-like planetary nebula.
A pretty double pair – Cygni 61 was also observed, this time with a Vixen NPL 30mm.
Most of Cassiopeia and Andromeda still lie too far North for me to see from my garden but I might try shifting my scope to the patio at the bottom of the garden and looking North (gap between two houses) next time.