I'm still waiting for a night of excellent seeing to see what my 10" SCTs can do (and LX6 and an LX200) but my trusty old LXD75 SC8 does a pretty impressive job when the seeing cooperates...
12/11 23h 30m, 12/12/2011 0h 30m and 1h 30m UT
Telescope: Meade LXD75 SC8 @ f/30
Camera: Imaging Source DBK21, Meade IR (Lum) Filter
Exposures: 2min @ 30fps (~3,200 frames out of 3,600)
Software: IC Capture, Registax 6, Photoshop
The most memorable view I've had of Jupiter was through a classic 12.5" f/10 Newtonian. By far the best view I've ever had of any planet was Saturn through an 8" tri-Schiefspiegler.
These photos are about what Jupiter looks like on a night of excellent seeing through my 10" f/4.8 Dob with a 23% CO ... visually. I don't do AP.
I've never witnessed anything like those photos visually.
Time to move to the east coast?
I said, "on a night of excellent seeing." I didn't say it happens all the time. Virtually never between Thanksgiving and Easter. Sometimes during the warmer months. But even then you need patience to wait for clearer moments ... and make sure your Newt is closely collimated (auto collimator close, not sight tube/Cheshire close) ... and thermally acclimated ... and using a binoviewer ... and keeping your eyes photopic with white light ... and a Baader M&SG filter might help ... then relax and hope for the best. But yes, I've seen - not imaged - Jupiter about that good here in Maryland through my lowly Celestron C10NGT 10" f/4.8 Dob.
Edited by Sarkikos, 25 January 2015 - 06:58 PM.