Last night, I completed my 51st observation in the AL Binocular Double Star Program for the required 50, and had previously made the required 5 naked eye splits by doing 6. The list provides 100 candidate objects and you pick the ones you can do.
Things I have found out:
With my 15X70 Binoculars, Bortle 6 (dark red light pollution zone) back yard, and the shakes in my hands, magnitude 7 is the very minimum star I can see in a double. Something around 30 arc seconds for equal stars with reasonable magnitude and 25 arc seconds for unequal of reasonable magnitudes is about my limit. Equal stars at magnitude 6.5 and 30 arc seconds are pretty much in the "iffy" to failure category. These limits knocked out maybe 40% of the listed candidates for me, but there were still plenty to get the program done.
Using some of the observation techniques I have learned with telescopes and reading, I found I could actually see Epsilon 1 and 2 Lyra as separate objects (sort of on and off), which I found exciting.
I plan on continuing the use of binoculars on some sort of regular bases, simply because it is a real workout and I think will help me to strengthen my abilities and will hopefully provide a physical therapy for my wiggles.
Once I get my notes typed up and carefully redraw my squiggly drawings to make things legible to someone besides myself, I will send them in to the AL.
This is a good, demanding, but not terribly long program that I would encourage others to do.