Mars in the evening - Venus in morning
Yep, it is Mars and this is the brightest it will be for a few years, but it is not as bright as it was back a few years. I could see the polar caps and some terain features through my 16" Dob back then. Too busy to get it out sofar this time.
Also, you ought to check out Venus in the morning. It is extremely bright.
Merry Christmas to all,