Mars first and what a surprise - it's still observable and showing a little detail. It had a pronounced phase and the North Polar Cap is very small and dull. Very subtle surface markings in the middle of the globe, a nice big cloud to the upper left and very subtle shadings at the South.
8" F/6 Newtonian at x192 (Ultima Barlow + 12.5mm Orthoscopic)
1st Apr 2010 - 19:25UT
Seeing = AII, CM = 133'
Had a look at Praesepe at low power in the refractor and what a stunning sight. Pin sharp stars against a really black background, absolutely magnificent.
Then moved onto Saturn and wow is it big compared to Mars. Beautifully sharp ring system with nice banding in both hemispheres of the globe. Ring tilt is very small and I could not see the Cassini division. Three moons in close attendance.
Takahashi FS-128 with Baader Binoviewer at x235.
1st April 2010 - 22:00UT
Seeing = AII.