Just out early before twilight. Mars is reaching decent altitude here in northen illinois.
Polar Cap-Hood is a beautiful eliptical shape. Easy target now but when Mars reaches max later this year it will dwindle to out of reach, very reason to observe now.
Reached 11 arc seconds, tho still small in modest scopes, largest feature as Syrtis Major starting to pull into view. Still requires power, 300X and above gives a better size.
My modest XT8i 8 inch dob nearly pulled in outline but fell just short today. Still it's shape starting to show, least for me.
Had an eyepiece battle for best look. Pentax 7.5mm 160X nearly always works, but pea size tho polar cap easy, details were a squint. Still had a clue on Syrtis Major rotating in view.
Takahashi 6mm ortho improved size was one of the better looks 200X range. Still abit small.
Went to the 4.8 Nagler nearing mid 200X size, there nearly getting a clue on outline. Barlowed it but image stayed too soft but pleasing size.
Barlowed the Pentax and the Takahashi, perhaps the winners for today's sky. Pentax had a cumbersome correct look thru eyepiece as use to the easier view, just a barlow issue use. Takahashi was nice barlowed, but the lower power look was also nearing stunning.
So sharpen your viewing skills, Mars can tax you for the sometimes magic release of details.
So much more on the horizon of views.
Strongly suggest start looking now to later catch the fun.
Also note Mars close encounter dates frequent cloudy overcast in fall.