I set out my telescope after the weatherman reported it would be cloudy with showers all day and night. Luckily it was a pretty clear evening some high clouds and windy. At twilight I set my sights on our beautiful Moon. Once in focus my attention was drawn to three wonderfully detailed craters. Theophilus, Cyrillus, and Catharina. I grabbed my black paper and started sketching. I kept seeing more and more detail in each one of the craters and around the area. I stayed with a 11mm plossl for my entire drawing. The Sun was casting such lovely shadows, I only wish I could have captured more of the detail. I still felt I captured some of the beauty of what I saw.
The night before I had some time to view Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter was very low and not showing well. Saturn however was showing some very nice detail. After reading some of David Gray's posts I decided to try my own apodizer. I used a splatter screen and set it at various angles in front of my reflector. Much to my amazement I saw more detailed bands. I worked with magnifications of 167X to about 320X. I didn't get a chance to try any filters but did use the apodizer at different angles.