I just picked up my first telescope today, a 12" dobsonian. We've had clouds for the last 2 weeks, but thank god tonight was a clear night. Despite the light pollution, telephone wires, aerials, buildings etc, I was able to find Jupiter. It was absolutely incredible. Could make out several bands across the surface, and 4 moons. I need to learn to use my finderscope better before I can find some fainter things, but damn it was exciting tonight. Can't wait to see Saturn's rings.