Okay, so Jupiter just seems to freeze and a ton of small detail features become crystal clear during the steadiest moments. We all know the experience, and last night was better than average. Still a few bits of blurred seeing, but more often than not pretty darn nice.
The NTB was clearly bifurcated with the darker feature exhibiting some darker knots. The NEB had several brighter rifts running through it. This is nearly the same CM as a few nights ago, so I looked for similar rift features. They did appear somewhat changed from a previous observation. Either that, or the CM was about 10 degrees off. Still, searching for familiar features was difficult. Makes me wonder if they have changed a bit or whether they moved along the system I.
The long festoon on the meridian is the longest festoon I have personally witnessed. It was long, thin, and very apparent. It almost appeared to reach out for the SEB. A not so faint EZ was seen, too.
The SEB was definitely multi toned with a darker center almost sweeping upward toward the preceding limb. In fact, it had a thinner darker feature running up it's length. The northern edge of the SEB was a bit lighter with very definite brighter spots and a molted appearance. The southern edge of the SEB near the trailing edge was also a bit lighter. I am not sure I have ever seen the SEB this well.
The NPR had two fairly faint bands near the meridian (they are too dark in the sketch.) The SPR had a band stretching across the disc. It varied in tone as shown. A fainter band was briefly seen just below on the preceding edge. Now, remarkably, there was a faint band in the Southern tropical zone on the trailing edge. I believe this is also a first for me.
Now, the night was so good, I decided to include some features I thought I glimpsed. It seems a waste not to go out on a limb to include them when conditions were so good and the adrenaline flowing.
I actually might have glimpsed some ovals in the SPR. Their placement is a bit odd, but I did glimpse something as shown or close to it. And also, one brighter spot in the NPR? Really not sure it's there, but hey...I thought I saw it and am hanging out on that limb, here. And I am pretty sure there is a bright knot on the SEB along it's longitudinal axis near the trailing edge. Two darker spots along the SEB's southern edge seemed to pop up periodically, so they got sketched, too. I am dying to study a current image of this CM to verify some of those more difficult observations.
Anyway, observation began about 2 Nov 1600UT and lasted for an hour and a half. Beginning CM I:170 II:14 III:62, seeing (9/10) and transparency very good with the moon nearby.
Wonderful night when Jupiter just "pops" like that...thanks for sharing. (Pete, nailed "The Paw" last night, too. )