Observing: Full Moon
An unseasonably clear night afforded me an opportunity to observe the full moon with the TV85, LVW13 and Powermate 2.5 (with lunar filter, o'course) for 115x magnification.
Once again I was awed by the TV85; not a hint of color at the edge where the bright moon met black space. There was little turbulence and the scope just snapped into focus, even at 115x with all the touchy-shakies. The scope is a champ, best damned astro-thing I ever bought!
As for the Moon, I was drawn to the western limb near Oceanus Procellarum: Balboa's rim was prominent against the black of space (Rukl chart 17). Further south, Schuller marked the start of the long mountain range Montes Cordillera (Rukl 39), running south, bowing eastward and offering a glimpse of Montes Rook (Rukl 50) at the very edge of the lunar limb. Both of these ranges encircle Mare Orientale (which is just out of view) as part of a large impact basin shown in this Lunar Orbiter photo taken in 1967. Great stuff!
Up north, the area above Plato (Rukl 3) was interesting - several craters near the limb - Carpenter, Anaximenes, Philolaus, Poncelet - and along the edge Pascal/Brianchon. Clouds moved in around 10:40.
A lunar eclipse starts at 4am, and the moon will set in totality just before 6am - no way I'll be up that early.