My son and I braved the cold to do some observing tonight. Orion was well-placed, high in the south, but the full beauty of M42 was diminished by the lights of Portland, and a very light haze. The seeing was only average, but still, we were able to get the best views of the past couple of months......although we like to froze to death.
We viewed M42 with my 12" Dob, 27mm and 10mm eyepieces....with and without an Oxygen III filter, and an Orion skyglow filter. I was not able to see the Running Man.....except for very brief, averted vision hints of it. My son pointed out a very slight green tint to M42, but I couldn't see any color.......his 9 year old eyes are certainly superior to mine.
We were able, for fun, to find M42 in his little 60mm Meade refractor. The view wasn't much, as you might expect, but he was excited to be able to see it at all with his small inexpensive scope.
In the 12", we were only able to see the bright core of M31. Not too surprising in our light poluted skies.
I thought about (very briefly) doing some imaging, but it was just too darn cold to stay out any longer. I guess I am a fair weather imager.