Last evening I was checking out a new club scope, a Nextar 8. The GOTO function was almost flawless, but the image quality seemed somewhat lacking. I tweaked the collimation somewhat and the images improved dramatically! I was astounded at the quality of the images at up to 300x. The red spot on Jupiter was obvious even at the edge of the limb as it was beginning to appear. The numerous white spots on one band were easy to observe, and I swear I could detect the presence of markings on Ganymede. Saturn was equally impressive in all respects. The drawings simply don't do justice to the quality of the images, but I felt I had to try. I sure wish I had Sol's and Carlos's artistic abilities!! Walt
Thank you for the compliment on my drawing abilities. Your observations of Jupiter and Saturn show much detail. The poor reputation of most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes (e.g. Nexstar 8) out there is due to poor collimation. The SCT observer would do well to collimate their instrument at each observing session. The SCT is very easy to misalign.