This is my second Jupiter observation made through the 8" this year. A couple nights prior my thermal exhaust experiemnting killed a really nice night with excessive flaring and ultimately dew. The next ob I was treated to a a very fair view, maybe 6/10 seeing with Europa transiting the disk along with its shadow. This was a study in contrasts that was enlightening. We see the little spot by BA often imaged with near galillean moonshadow contrast exagerration but this is not the case to the eye. Indeed it took a hefty 303x to make it pop and this wasnt excessive. What 303x did was resolve the poin t as a specific disc with surface area and tone. But boy was it a sensitive catch. Everything else was the usual 200x-240x which suits fine for the larger features that show easier with their generous spacial area.
The transit of europa was a beautiful thing as the disc resolved nicely in this seeing and the shadow a perfect inverted value to play off the moon itself. Because Jupiter is so close at 48" the moon too, though Jupiters smallest of the four shown distinctly with specific surface area that made the whole procession a delicate but fine thing that flattered the resolution capabilities of the scope.
After last years horrendous November where the entire month was a shut out of 3-4/10 seeing I was giddy about 6/10 seeing. It was like cosmic lotto. Hardly the best view the scopes ever had but profitable and again beautiful . Hashing out the nodules, and gaps and doo dads in the belts was rewarding pursuit.