Quote: ...Then it happened again - TWILIGHT! As the sky began to lighten I started observing dark surface features coming in and out of view. Not having to work today I continued observing until the sky was bright and the view began to fade.
I have read on line about twilight being the best time to observe planets and previously have had success observing cloud bands on Venus during evening twilight. I started observing Mars this year when it was under 4.0" and had a star-like appearance, and have been following its approach. I find it amazing that during twilight the ability of our eyes to observe detail increases. I have a book on order that covers this but it hasn't gotten here yet.
It would be interesting if anyone else observing in the mornings is experiencing this.
I have experienced this seeing improvement during morning twilight many times in the past.
even with bad seeing conditions, there are still pockets of stable air that can every minute or two clear up details. I consider most of my time observing planets is watching and waiting for moments of visual clarity.