Here are some photographs I have myself taken of the moon. They were taken with a Fuji camera with a 30x optical zoom.

Note that many features such as craters often tend to stand out most near the terminator (the part of the moon where the sun is quite low in its sky), since shadows are enhanced in these regions.

General advice for people wishing to explore the moon with an astronomical telescope tends to be to begin observing some time around half moon (first or last quarter), rather than full moon. At these times the terminator (region of sunrise or sunset) runs across near the middle of the visible hemisphere of the moon, and we can look straight down on features which are in strong relief.

Particular features on the lunar surface are generally best viewed at particular times during the lunar month.

This page last updated 11 October 2018