By the sounds of it you found it.
The Homunculus Nebula is bright enough to not really need averted vision. It also has a very distinct orange colour and somewhat 'fibrous' lobes. 200X is plenty to see it easily, so too is an 8" scope. I see it easily in my 8" with the details above. If you use any type of nebula filter with it the bugger disappears because it's orange colour is cancelled out by the filter.
Even 125x should be enough to spy out its shape & volume.
If conditions are good you may also notice one of the lobes appears larger, only because one lies in front of the other & perspective comes into play with foreshortening. Gives a nice, subtle 3D effect.
Just saw John's reply too. Pretty much the same,
PS, I'll try to spy out the Eagle again this season like I mentioned last year to you. Didn't get a chance last year owing to conditions being terrible. Going to be a real challenge,