Our typhoon seemed to blow away in two short days and the skies opened up without much notice. Beautifully clear, good seeing but a little erratic. The good periods didn't hold long, but it held about 8/10 most of the time.
Okay, the colors were simply bombastic. The best I have ever seen them. I particularly was amazed at how the blues mixed with the browns in the NEB. That gave way to a distinct ruddy color. That in turn gave way to a pretty strong tawny NTrZ. And for the first time ever, the GRS was actually orange! Cripes, I nearly feel off my observing chair. Unfortunately, oval BA did not show much color. The monolith following BA had an ape next to it.
The EZ was pretty plain Jane in terms of detail. The EB was weak. But it held a light grey hue with maybe a touch of tawny. Likewise, the SEB had all the usual suspects.
One thing I thought was beautiful to witness, however, was the way the GRS rift appears as it comes across the CM as opposed to the more compact limb aspect. On the limb, they look pretty straight forward, on the meridian they are clearly thinner features with an obvious swept appearance toward the following limb.
The entire NEBn is awash with soft gray clouds. Two brighter rift-lets were spotted. BUT! The NNTB was poking out into the gray NTZ. Now, I am not sure what is going on right near the jetting piece, but something is happening. It kept hinting at some feature there. Gonna watch that area.
Oh! As of earlier tonight, I had exactly three white oval spotted to my credit over the last two years. Today, chalk up two more in one night! One was a repeat, though. That's just fine. Those are small and hard to see. But, maybe once you realize this, they are more often seen. Maybe, but they are still very difficult.
Some banding in the southern regions was quite nice. Oh, the STB is developing nicely as that darker belt rolls under the GRS. It's a little easier to see preceding the GRS. Did I mention the GRS was friggin orange? Crikey.
Anyway, my best Jupiter experience to date. I mean, to date. I am still just amazed at seeing the ruddy NEBn and an orange GRS. That's a first.
Time was 1530-ish (I observed for another hour after the sketch and Ganymede had not quite set behind Jupiter) so the System I was 239 and II was 154. The usual compliment of eyepeices were used, UO 18mm HD Ortho (174x), 1.6x Barlow, no filter.
Crikey! Either I am totally nuts, or Jupiter is really beautiful. Maybe both.