It’s all timing.
The Draconids were kind of a washout; the sky was clear enough, but Draco was low in the northwest sky and the peak had passed eight hours before by the time I got home. So I gave up on looking for meteors and just kind of perused the sky randomly with my binoculars.
So imagine my surprise while gazing off in the general direction of Orion and had a meteor flash through my field of view! Beautiful golden thing with a delicate smoke trail. It may have been an erratic since it was not coming from the radiant of the Draconids. But it was astonishingly beautiful and exceedingly rare to see one under magnification.