Have I mentioned that the boy's bus comes way too early in the morning?
It's OK, because I'm getting to see some early morning sights that I'd otherwise miss. Mars was still nearly overhead at 6:30, and very crisp in the 6" dob. Here's a simulated view:
No polar cap at all.
And apparently I've been looking at the moon at the wrong time of the month, because holy crap! that's an amazing view of Aristarchus. I know, I've talked about it before, but wow--it looked almost as good as the picture. The weird part was the blue shadows, since the sky was so light.
I gotta start getting up earlier.