BONUS Session last night... NWS forecast was for mostly cloudy (storms coming in this afternoon), but I went outside after dinner, and Jupiter was bright as a button.
I had my FC-76 set up in less than 2 minutes. It was in the clear, but intermittent turbulence; still, TAK-sharp at 150x, so I brought out my Mizar Comet, too. Sketchable cloud belt views in both at 150x & 200x; in fact, I couldn't tell much difference between them, except only the FC showed different colors for the Galileans. Saw that one moon was very close to Jupiter, approaching a disk eclipse, and guessed by its size & color it must be Io (and it was). Had the scopes about 5 feet apart (trickier to NOT bump them than it sounds!), and made a trail in the lawn going back & forth. Io's disappearance lasted longer in the Comet by about a minute...
Mars!! My First Red Planet Session this season, and these 2 small scopes performed perfectly -- optically, mechanically, and functionally. It was above the oaks around 0230Z, but... Mercy! It was in the sky waterfall -- washing & dancing around randomly. By 0300Z, it was stabler. Syrtis is obvious in both at just 100x But... I got confused by the Tak's mirror-reversed versus the Comet's inverted view! Once again, and more challenging than with Jupiter, I couldn't see any difference between the 2 scopes at 100x / 150x / 200x. The Martian Disk is that weird soft color, made of tan + tangerine + rose. Syrtis is black, very prominent, while the other surface features are shades of gray, except Mare Acidalium, which had hints of brown in the mix. Mars got into 8+ seeing after about an hour, so I tried "pushing" both scopes to 250x, then 300x... and all the surface details washed-out except Syrtis. IIRC, Mars was at least 20" across in my first views with the Sears (RAO) 6336, and at 250x, I sketched Syrtis's "crow feet", pointing north.
[Yes! My 2014 sketches with the 6336, and my 2016 sketches with the Unitron 142 BOTH showed this feature. The 6336 stayed sharp at 300x, too. FYI: I'd forgotten, but in my Tinsley 6" Cass back in 2020, I watched a small patch of haze slide across Erythraeum at 250x & 300x. So Glad that I archived electronic copies of these!]
Did I have a good night? Oh, yes!! I'll share the joy: I hope All Y'all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!