October's S&T noted that October 27th could be a good opportunity to spot a very old moon. I'll happen to be in Virginia's Blue Ridge in late October during the last few days of next month, and it looks like there will be a window just before civil dawn to catch the moon about 16h30m before conjunction.
I'm planning to attempt the observation from an overlook with a clear view to the east/southeast that's about 2000' above the surrounding valley. I'll try to get there around nautical dawn - I'm hoping Mars and some of the brighter stars in Virgo are still easily seen so I can get familiar with the area and how it relates to terrestrial landmarks. I may try to use rough atl/az offsets to get my scope pointed at where the moon will be and then sweep start sweeping slowly when it rises.
Are there techniques that are more effective? What instrument is best (I have a 4" F/6 achromat and 10x50 binoculars)? How difficult an observation would this be - akin to a threshold nebula or something, or will it be reasonably obvious if it's in the FOV.
Thanks for sharing any thoughts or experiences!