U Orionis soon to be visible is binoculars?

U Orionis is one of our long-period variables, with a usual range of 6.3 – 12.0. It is due to reach maximum brightness in April/May, but observations by Don Matthews show U Orionis is increasing in brightness and may become visible in binoculars over the course of this month. Orion will remain visible, low in the west, for the next few weeks, so hopefully there will be some opportunities for visual observers to see this star before Orion disappears behind the Sun.

Below is a light curve, produced by Don Matthews, which shows the past behaviour of U Orionis.