I'm not depressed - Mars is still very tiny & we've had very poor seeing each time we've gone out...coupled with the realisation as to why we don't do a lot of these "just before sunrise" sessions: we take several days to get back to normal afterwards & we're also not getting any younger!
I've been burning up a lot of the few gray cells left every day working on 2 scopes & building a new secondary assembly for one, boggling my mind with offsets, cutting & measuring holders etc squarely & how best to assemble everything...not to mention all the gardening chores we have atm with fruit trees cropping etc, etc.
Anyway, not up to what we'd wish for but that's out of our control - folks like Mark look like they've had a bit better weather...or maybe I am getting too old - this morning the old eyes weren't too good tbh!
Picked up some cloud activity in 2 Mars captures before we realised the sky was being engulfed in clouds...well, all but Jove in the east: a pity, because we only realised this when focusing for the 3rd Mars capture, so I swung quickly to Jove but even as we homed in on focus (with some nice contrast displayed, albeit much lower in elevation the Mars) the clouds started to dim the onscreen image.
C'est la vie...apart from what appears to be plenty of cloud activity in this morning's image, the ir610nm capture from 2 mornings earlier was the best as far as resolution is concerned - not that it was anything to get excited about.
Still, it is very early days & I'm pretty sure Jove (& even Saturn) will be more rewarding before Mars starts to reveal any real detail - well, that's the hope for us at least..!