Finally got a chance to go outside tonight to do a little observing. Skies nice and clear with temps in the mid 30's when I started around 7pm (CST). Seeing was probably about average. Using the Z12 dob I observed the following objects: Jupiter (best views at 230x using the 13mm Hyperion and 2x Ultima Barlow). N & S EQ Bands stood out very clearly with multiple banding and shading detected in the N & S polar regions. Wasn't able to detect any festoons. M35 and NGC 2158 in Gemini. M35 was aglow with multitudes of brightly glowing stars. Using 188x (8mm Hyp.) could just begin to see individual points of star-light in NGC 2158 next to M35. In Orion observed M42, M43, NGC 1977, 1981, faintly made out the Flame Nebula using UHC-S filter. Double/Multiple stars: Rigel, Sigma Ori, Alnitak, Struve 761, and 38 Lyncis (188x). Called it a night around 8:30 with temp at 32. Didn't dress warm enough to stay out longer.
Clear skies everyone!