I had planned to observe 2012 DA14 and Jupiter's Great Red Spot on Friday night, but despite a clear weather forecast the entire night turned out cloudy! So last night I ignored the weather forecast and just set my scope up under the beautifully clear sky and went inside to put the kids to bed. I came back out at about 8:45 and guess what? 100% cloud cover! Well after fifteen minutes the clouds went away again so I started to observe not knowing how long I would have, in the event it stayed clear all night and the seeing was very good indeed, the best I have had for many months in fact.
I have not really been keeping up with events on Jupiter this year, just getting outside and looking whenever I could, so I was quite surprised to see a string of tiny dark spots where the NNTB should be, I checked on Alpo Japan and it turns out that this is actually an outbreak which could trigger a darkening of the little belt. I was really pleased to see these and if it wasn't for the good seeing then it would have not been possible.
I also observed a large off-white oval just below this string of dark spots, in the southern edge of the north polar region.
I also (by chance again) caught white spot AB in the act of merging with white spot Z in the northern edge of the NEB, apparently they won't actually merge but will just squeeze past each other, possibly leaving some offspring in their wake.
Lastly the GRS wake provided fascinating viewing with a really churned up appearance on the left hand end of the SEB.