It is likely others are in a similar position to my own. I've just started in astronomy this year and have so far only looked through my own telescope, a Swayze refigured Coulter 13.1" F/4.5 ATM Dob of unknown heritage. As a result I have no idea what is good, bad or indifferent with regard to planetary views. Please post images or sketches that most closely resemble what you see visually of Jupiter and Saturn through your telescope and your conditions.
Suggestions for optimizing the views based on the images posted would be great.
Baader Zoom at 8mm with a Paracorr II providing approximately 210X.
Star collimated just before swinging onto Jupiter.
Driveway at Bortle 6-7
Viewing over a neighbors roof at about 1am.
Jupiter is similar to this image with slightly less color variation at the poles. At times it appears a little like a wooden sphere with horizontal grain lines that almost seem to have depth at the two bands. When the GRS is in front it does stand out pretty orange. I can see the shadow of a transiting moon if there is one. It seems like I may be able to detect a large festoon near one of the equatorial bands but I don't see tons of sharp ones with lots of color as shown in most images.
Saturn appears like this. I would say I perceived the greenish region (shown on top here but flipped in my reflector) to have a purple/green tint. When I saw it last three of the moons were in a lovely triangle just above in my view.
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