I observed R Scuti this Summer with my binoculars (10x50), but couldn't find it last week. I assumed it was at a minimum and planned to take my small refractor (80/640) out this week.
However, I plotted the light curve today and found it is going fast to an all-time minimum!
Understanding what is happening is well beyond my astronomy level. Is the behaviour inside the expected range? Any official theory from professional astronomers?