Well, last night here in SW Ohio, the air mass was very dry and very calm (for around here anyway) with extended moments of sub-arc second seeing for 4-5 hours. There was a mild haze from the fires out west though. The air was a little chilly and a most welcome change.
Jupiter and Saturn were spectacular in my TEC 200ED, with my Zeiss "Sharpest APO" binos, Baader BBHS Silver T2 diagonal and Baader 1.7x GPC (more like 1.6x though). Eyepiece pairs used were my good old 9mm UO orthos, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm Claves and 22mm Celestron Silvertop Plossls.
I caught out a moon transit early on at dusk which was followed later by its shadow transit and then exit from the planet's face. For me, Jupiter's moons, especially when they are close to each other and to the planet, really enhances the bino-viewer 3D experience. last night was no exception. Jupiter itself was awash in subtle inter-belt detailing with a wide low contrast color palette. The moons were obvious disks of differing size and color, however, being so low in the sky, the ADC around its disk kept me from seeing smudges on Ganymede, which I know from past experiences, were within the range of the seeing conditions and upper range of the magnifications used (290-320x). Now Io was very interesting and visually it reminds me of Mars and Titan as being able to take high magnification well because it's more mono-chromatic, basically orange, and is not perturbed by ADC nearly as much as the other moons. Io's disk, while dim, was sharp.
Ditto Titan, which was an obvious, maybe 1 arc second (+/-) pale orange colored disk during the really calm moments but still obviously non-stellar during the less calm moments. Saturn itself was "etched" at times with several bands easy on the planet, and hints of more, looking rather like a hard boiled egg yolk. The planet's shadow against the rings was stark and added to the stunning 3D effect bino-viewers are noted for. Speaking of hints, from time to time and sometimes for several seconds , there was perhaps, maybe, Enke's division in the tip of the A ring. Maybe. But there was something popping in and out there. The B ring was beautiful displaying a wonderful range of color and brightness from the inner "crotch" close to the planet out to the division (which was sharp all the way around). The crepe was easy against the planet's disk.
Mars was splendid. And BIG. And BRIGHT. And soaked up the magnification. The polar cap was elongated and a bit "ragged" around the edges with a black boarder, a portion of the edge of the planet was a thin blue ring too. The detailing on the surface was sublime and intricate. Wow!
Bagged and tagged the scope and mount at about midnight, very tired but also excited...and very grateful for what I had just witnessed.
What a wonderful late summer evening.