I have been extremely busy lately with jobs around the new house, and also long weeks at work, so Astronomy has suffered and I have not done very much recently.
Anyway, on Thursday night I stepped outside and saw a very bright star moving from the west, through the south, to the east, about 45 degrees up from the horizon. I realised straight away this was the ISS and grabbed my 15X binoculars for a closer look.
I wasn't sure because I need to ware my glasses when viewing through binoculars (1 dioptre of astigmatism in both eyes tends to make stars a bit elongated otherwise), but I am 90% sure I could see solar arrays fore and aft of its apparent motion, and they appeared to become more foreshortened as the ISS traversed the sky.
This got me quite excited, but when the ISS almost occulted Mars I decided that I had to get back out with the telescope that night! I'm not sure how close the space station got to Mars, but it was well under a degree, probably about 20 minutes I think.
So a couple of hours later I was back outside in my observatory (folding shed) making a sketch of the Red Planet.
Seeing was average to poor, but my apodizer really did an excellent job of clearing things up and I was able to grab some good detail.
The main thing that struck me was how much mist there was on Mars.
Hellas was bright white as it often is, but the mist extended almost all the way around the limb.
The equatorial region on the morning side of the disc was also very misty, and even obscured my view of Niciliacus Lacus.
The drawing is done is pastels and was completed at the eyepiece.
Hope you enjoy.