I will be observing Christmas eve if the skies are clear. It is dark by seven so even after a couple of hours at the eyepiece there is still time to relax with family. A project that interests me right now is discovering the pairs that lie within or around the Pleiades. I hope to have a report for them soon but first wanted to draw your attention to 7 Tauri just west of the Seven Sisters. I usually end my observing sessions with this pair because my eye is more accustomed to tiny separations by then. Indeed it is a close pair: mags 6.6 and 6.8, 0"8 apart in PA 350.
In a 120mm refractor I can see an elongated bar. When seeing gets good there is a small notch at 360x. Usually I can detect an "out of round" shape with much less magnification. I also used an 8-inch GSO cassegrain but results were similar.. I had placed the Cassegrain on an AZ8 (a wonderfu altaz mount) but the tripod that comes with the system allows too much vibration when focusing at very high magnification. I will try a different tripod next time.