Yeah, a LOT harder than Jupiter, what with Mars being a lot smaller and all. This is using the usual rig, 9mm plossl and a cubic meter of swear words. Ok, so my first jupiter shots were crap too.
Mars is nice and visible in the east for most of the evening now. I spent a bunch of time doing long exposures of M42 as well, but NOTHING came out - and I mean nothing - flat black. So, here's Mars, hope you like it ... will work on better stuff when home :)