I had a look at 96 Aqr last night using my 12.5” f/7. I used Mars to aim the scope with my Telrad; it had moved well beyond where it was on New Year’s Day but was still in the 50mm finderscope view with 96 Aqr. At 277x the pair (aka HJ 5394) was picked up right away. The B star was faint but easy direct vision, sharpened with the seeing, and was slightly reddish; I estimated PA to the north. According to Stelle Doppie A mag is 5.62, B is 10.39, separation 11”, PA 20°. Seeing was 6-7/10 and transparency 3/5.
Later in the night I split doubles in Orion. A highlight was STF 757: This was marked as a double star in my Cambridge Double Star Atlas but without designation. It showed as a lovely double-double at 553x: All the stars were near equal magnitude at 8-9. The pair to the east was well separated but another, to the west, was very tight, about 1 disk separation. I stayed on this for a while since it was such a beautiful surprise. After coming in and checking a double star catalog, I found it to be STF 757. The AB pair is A mag 7.96, B 8.33 with 1.5”. The other double is in fact two more pairs with A, AC (8.69 mag, 51.3”, PA 87°) and AD (8.52 mag, 41.9”, PA 79°). There is an AE pair which I didn’t notice, and CD are listed as a pair. Quite a sight.