Seeing the Best Moon Details

Have you ever taken a look at the moon through a telescope and seen the numerous craters on the surface??

If so, one might have noticed that the number of craters and their clarity varies depending on the size of the moon. This ignores atmospheric conditions, which will change the sharpness of the moon regardless of  illumination. For example, we have 2 pictures taken with the same gear but different times of the month. There are clear differences in observable detail. But why??

Taken by Michael

Craters can be seen here

The reason being that according to Sky And Telescope, “During full Moon its craters, mountains, and other surface features appear muted because the high Sun casts no shadows.” This makes sense that the

 

Taken by Michael Radov

Full Moon Over Oregon

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