Just thought I would give a bit of an update on my experiences with the LX 70 6M Optical Tube I recently purchased. I have delayed reporting this until I could get images or maps of Mars that covered the whole surface in great enough detail.
One night, a few weeks ago, I saw something on Mars that looked like very faint disks on the surface
in a pattern that somehow looked familiar. The three disks I saw formed a properly proportioned "L" shape. Later, I realized that the pattern was the same as the giant volcanoes, just reversed from side to side, with the farthest south volcano missing. I could barely see something at either end of the line formed by the two bottom disks, but could not really make out anything specific.
I have really doubted that I was actually seeing the volcanoes and really expected what I saw to be impact craters or some other feature. I have thought the contrast difference would be too little to actually see them. However, I have looked at every map of Mars I have been able to find to date and cannot find anything else that matches the pattern I saw except for the volcanoes.
As you might expect, I am very pleased with this scope.