The following amazing view of tiny Mars didn't quite help me to get sleepy again! For the first time in my life I saw the polar ice cap. It was much bigger and bighter than I expected. What a thrill, and how unexpected! The apparent diameter is only 10 arc seconds, and my scope's diameter isn't all that big too. A very nice surprise! This certainly was one of those nights I'll remember for a long time. To see something that beautiful that unexpected makes this hobby so wonderful.
Here's the pencil sketch I made (altered with Photoshop, N=down W=right):