I love my small refractors a Vixen ED80S f/9 and it's companion FL55SS f/5.5. The ED80S is flawless when it comes to observing planets, double stars and anything fit to it's aperture. The FL55SS with the APM 30mm UFF is a joy as a rich field refractor, it gives a whopping 7.2º at 10x, and makes it really easy to find most objects. I never thought that the 30mm UFF would work well on such a short focal length, but visually I couldn't see the field curvature I would expect on a 300mm focal length.
The FL55SS is obviously gorgeous on large clusters or rich fields like Auriga where I can see M36, 37 and 38 in the same FOV on a rural sky. It's a lot of fun. I was also able to see the entire Eastern Veil without filter, unfortunately I need to exchange the Baader ClickLock adapter with a shorter one to reach focus with an OIII filter.
Anyway, last night here in my inner city patio I observed Mars with both telescopes, but the Moon was out and details were faint. Seeing was fairly good, with Vega and Altair showing a full Airy ring with little movement. The Moon was nice and steady at 103x on the ED80S with a 7mm Delite, and still very quite with the Vixen HR 3.4mm at 212x. Although I do not consider the FL55SS a planetary telescope it behaved very well on Mars with a 2.5mm LV at 121x, showing a clean reddish disk with very faint features, no south polar cap. The ED80S had the HR 3.4mm and a yellow-green filter (Wratten #11) to enhance details on Mars features. I was planning to do a sketch of Mars, but features were washed out, so I'll wait for a moonless night.
This is not a grab&go setup, for that I have a Porta II mount and case ready to go.
Small refractors do play a big roll on my observing life, they are really easy to use and have a vast array of targets within reach. Obviously my 8" Newtonian reflector is a different beast and I do like it a lot, but I only take it out when going to a rural sky for at least a week, where I can have a permanent setup. And who knows, maybe one day I'll get a large dob