This plateau is a raised, tilted polygonal block of crust in the ocean of storms holding a collection of interesting features that can be seen with telescopes of all sizes.
I have sketched this region at full Moon but not at the late waxing gibbous phase.
Crater Aristarchus, its rays and the Schroter’s valley are all noteworthy features. Aristarchus crater (40 km.) is slightly older than Tycho crater and it is brighter.
I remember well my disappointment when Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were cancelled in
1970. Apollo 18 was scheduled to land on the Aristarchus plateau near Schroter’s
valley. Schroter’s valley is an old Imbrium (3.5 billion years old) volcanic
feature that begins at the famous cobra head 25 km. north of crater
Sketching and Equipment:
Black sketching paper: 8.5”x 12”
White and black Conte’ crayon and pastel pencils, blending stumps
Date: 08-13-2019 06:00 to 7:20 UT
Temperature: 31 °C (88° F)
Seeing: Antoniadi III
10 inch f / 5.7 Dobsonian 6mm ocular 241X on an equatorial platform
Lunation: 11.8 days