I got out my old trusty Nexstar 11 GPS scope last night; it was a real treat.....Jupiter was near the meridian and the half moon was in proximity; 20° to the east was majestic Saturn. It was a cool night and quite comfortable to be out behind the eyepiece of my Nexstar 11 GPS. I first viewed Jupiter with a 32mm TV Plossl---while the seeing wasn't perfect, there were short moments of steady seeing that allows the planet to snap into a highly detailed image. I the used shorter focal length TV Plossls; the 17mm seemed to be the best @ 165X. There was a moon near the limb of the planet that was very slowly moving away. The two prominent EQ bands were of a brownish-red color. In my smaller apertures scopes I never have seen the color so well defined. I then moved to the half moon---concentrating on its' terminator. The detail due to the contrast was phenomenal. At brief moments of really good seeing complex patterns of detail snapped into sharp focus....outstanding! I then slewed 20° over to the east----Saturn! As luck would have it all three objects were close to the same elevation in the sky which makes for very comfortable viewing. At 165X the planet looked like a 3D image; absolutely breathtaking. Its' colors were delicate but visible. Again the larger light grasp of the SCT really brightens it making, to my eyes, look larger. .After seeing it in the 11" it is hard to be satisfied viewing it in a much smaller aperture refractor.
I hope many of you didn't miss viewing last night (if you had clear skies)...I'd love to do it again tonight---but it'll be cloudy!