Superb Kevin. I am in Ireland also and just recently purchased a C11 XLT which is mounted on an AZEQ6 GT mount. I am planning on trying to image Jupiter and Saturn over the coming nights but still wrestling with the setup and GoTo features of the mount (AZEQ6 GT). I have a bit of a niggling feeling before getting started that I am going to be disappointed with the quality of the image I can capture due to the low position of the planets relative to the horizon but seeing what you've been able to do has reassured me somewhat! Do you use an ADC? What camera are you using? I have a Neximage 5.
I also read somewhere that the planets are going to be like this for the next decade or so... is this true? If so, I feel I may have made the wrong decision in opting for such a powerful scope to focus on Planetary imaging as it's possibly going to be overkill and the seeing will limit the image quality based on planetary positions.
Yay! I'm not alone! I thought I was the only lunatic planetary-imager in the country!! The seeing is really good by Irish standards this week so far, I'd iron out your problems asap and get out there tonight if I were you.
Disappointment? Ha, that's par for the course with this lark, but there can be occasional great nights and it makes it all very worth while. Yeah, I use the ZWO ADC and it's invaluable given the low elevation of the planets. I have a NI 5 but I switched to the ZWO ASI224 two years ago and haven't looked back. I can get frame rates of well above 250 fps with the 224 using Firecapture - whereas with the NI 5, while a great camera, it peaked at around 60 fps as far as I remember. You won't need a Barlow with the NI 5 though, which is nice.
As Nick (Happylimpet) has already said, it's not as bad as that in terms of elevations. Mars will be be great for us next year (although I see you're in Wicklow, so you're a tad further north than me ). Here's an elevation forecast I threw together for J, S and M for the next few years.
See? Not so bad.