Last night after dragging the 12"er out the clouds moved in, of course. After about an hour it cleared up a little. I was so close to bringing it back in, naaahhhh. Jupiter was riding low in the southeastern sky. I started off with my 26mm 2" Q-70 ep 58x mag, just to check my Telrad was where it should be. The seeing was 3/10 and transparency 7/10. There it was, the bright little white orb. I tweaked the focuser a bit, past focus, then back. Jupiter glowed white with two rusted bands around the center, its moons keeping stride through the field of view. The group flowed in a deep black abyss of the low powered ep. Diffraction spikes blew off in four directions of Jupiter, dim white with small hints of rainbow slices in them. I thought I saw something right off to the bottom left corner. I took a deep breath, widened my eye and refocused. What is that... it's not a moon; it's too low and dim. By now Jupiter was at about 40 degrees in the sky. I grabbed my 9mm ep put it in once again towards focus past then back again. Jupiter flickered in and out of focus at 167x mag. A dim star (TYC6361-282-1) in Capricornus. My eye kept wondering down to it as I observed Jupiter. I could not get Carlos's sketch out of my head (of Jupiter's south polar region). Let's see what my scope will do- well, my scope lacks in focal length, but I've got plenty of aperture. I stuck my 6mm ep in my 2x barlow(500xmag). Absolutely not, maybe on a cold clear night. Not tonight, nothing but flickering white banded moosh. I pulled it out and put the 9mm ep back in - much better. This is what I came up with. As Jupiter rose of course I could pull more detail. Sorry bout the *BLEEP* cellphone pic. Trying to master the ancient art of the sketch and scoot technique- handed down by the masters. Ha ha. Oh yeah- Orion XT12 F/4.9 305mm, 9mm expanse ep, HB pencil on copying paper only because I like the smoothness. 8/29/09 11 pm.