Encouraged by the predicted clear skies yesterday night in Canberra, I set up the C11 and CGX mount yesterday evening and settled down under steady skies for a preparatory session of alignment and collimation. After a short while, however, I began to smell what I thought was a neighbour's barbecue, until the smoke's gathering strength made me realise that, either he was going into kipper production, or the bushfire smoke had blown back into the region. The latter proved to be the case, so as visibility (and indeed breathability) declined, I stopped and went to bed.
I left the scope out under a tarpaulin however and, after a restless night, awoke to have a go at Mars in the pre-dawn hours. The smoke had receded somewhat to the east, and conditions were quite steady, though Mars is of course still small and low.
More detail was visible this time so I derotated three x three minute images for the result below, in which there are hints of Acidalia Planitia, Valles Marineris and Solis Planum. No clouds were visible in my images, unlike Avani's images from the day before from Brazil on this forum. No sign of polar ice yet either for me.