Finally after several weeks of gloom, clouds, and rain here in normally sunny San Diego, I had a clear and reasonably stable atmosphere last night and was excited to get the Questar 3.5 out and spend some time with the Moon.
I had an amazingly good view of the Triesnecker Rilles and the Hyginus and Aridaeus Rills, along with the Alpine Valley with the "80-160x" eyepiece and barlow.
On my scope with the newer 50.5" fl optics and my barlow (which I verified at 1.98x using star timings and a 12mm Microguide Eyepiece), the 80-160 puts me at 98-196x. 196x was just right for the fine rilles around Triesnecker and the lighting was just about perfect. The little hummock to the north of the carter showed up well, as did the little craterlet in the V of the eastern-most rilles.
The Alpine Valley was also really nice but the area of the Hadley Rille in the Appenines was still in deep shadow.
I also enjoyed nice views of Rigel, Castor, Algeiba, Eta Orionis, and Lambda Orionis to finish up with some doubles. M42 was nice but a bit affected by moonlight.
I'm happy I was finally able to get out and enjoy a bit of observing!