I've finally found my "sweet spot" for Saturn. I'd already found it for Jupiter. I have yet to find it for other planets so I'm curious to find out what others think before the other planets come around again.
To clarify my question, I would ask that you not consider magnifications you use for particular purposes, like watching an Io transit or targeting the Encke gap. I would also ask that you assume decent / good (but not necessarily excellent) seeing. I'm also focusing on the nearest planets but feel free to add Mercury, Uranus, and Neptune if you observe them often.
By "sweet spot" I mean the magnification / exit pupil where you just sit and enjoy the view, drinking in just enough detail to make it a thoroughly rewarding experience. I would also ask that you include the equipment you use as considerations like tracking and FOV will no doubt affect your answer. Here are mine:
Scope: Manual 10" dob
Jupiter (218x) Meade UWA 5.5
Saturn (300x) SW Nirvana 4
Mars: ???? (might consider picking up a 3.5 in 2020)
Venus: ???? (totally clueless here, is there a "sweet spot" where some cloud detail might be visible?)
What are your "sweet spots"? Thanks for reading. Thanks for playing.
Edited by vdog, 12 May 2019 - 09:59 AM.