Mira, or Omicron Ceti, is now visible to the naked eye. Mira was predicted to return to maximum brightness in October, but is already visible with the naked eye at around magnitude four. Hopefully, Mira will remain visible to the naked eye, or at least in binoculars, for the remainder of the autumn.
Also, Eta Geminorum, which is currently visible in the pre-dawn sky, is unusually faint at magnitude 3.6.
Hopefully, this autumn will present us with plenty of opportunities to observe both stars.