I was really enthusing about how good the seeing was so Mrs Dweller25 decided to come out to have a look.
Now this is a rare event as Mrs D and the cold night air don't mix, so to spice things up a little I suggested a shootout between the 5" Takahashi FS128 and the Skywatcher 8" F/6 Newtonian. Each of us would take a turn observing and drawing Mars in each scope so we could compare and contrast.
Seeing was very good - AII, temp was -4'C.
We concluded :-
1. Mrs D25 has better eyesight than me
2. On nights of good seeing the humble Skywatcher outperforms the Tak
Aperture really is king.