Thanks for the comments. To be honest, my seeing was not good! Did you watch the YouTube video in the blog post (link a few posts above)? If it doesn't look that bad, is thanks to SharCap! The seeing-filtered capture feature is a game changer. It lets you weed out the bad seeing frame during capture instead of afterwards during stacking, and makes your videos a lot better than they should be with a simple capture. I assure you, my seeing is mediocre at best. This capture functionality is what is making a small scope sing for planetary (within it's capabilities of course and having an apparently good sample doesn't hurt).
The seeing here along the Gulf Coast is usually poor, or worse too. Perhaps that is the case where you are as well. I have looked at the video, but I have heard of the seeing monitor feature that you have to pay for. Seeing like this is really bad for an 8-inch F/10 SCT, even more so if a 2X Barlow is also in play. I record a lot of video, and at best use 20 percent of it, often I less well under 10 percent and discard the rest. However, smaller telescopes are not bothered as much by poor or mediocre seeing than big ones. There's been many a night where I get quite nice views through my 6-inch, but the views are a hot mess through my 15-inch. That is why I opted for an 8-inch, because I am very familiar with being unable to get anything to focus at all through my big Dob. The seeing's effects are still there in a small telescope, but the smaller image scale ensures it's hidden. Still, you got very good results by any measure. A good warm up for this year's appearance of the planets, and the coming transit of Mercury across the Sun late this year.
Edited by Achernar, 18 April 2019 - 09:09 PM.