I got out Wednesday night for about 30 minutes with my trusty 4.5". Conditions were poor (still dusk when I started.) Seeing was pretty bad. I thought I could make out one band on Saturn, but no Cassini. Mars was little more than a red "star" near the Beehive. If anyone needs M44, it's visible even in binoculars and bright Mars points the way right now. I tried for M51 and M65/66, but conditions were too poor for either in my modest-sized scope in the city. M3 was a nice fuzzball, though. No real hint of resolution. Tell me again why I still have this scope…? Next time I get out, it's the 10" or bust.