Select Page
How to See the Moon with a Telescope

Passing your leisure time even having a telescope? You are really missing your scope tour of the most enjoyable and the nearest object of the sky. Yes, I am talking about the moon. Why is it so enjoyable? Because when it comes to the moon, the place doesn’t matter. You can observe standing in a rural area as well as standing in your town full of splendor.

But if you are not enjoying the moon through the telescope as you don't know how to see, nothing to get disappointed. We will get you covered. Pick yourself up, take your scope, start exploring, and have the best lunar view.

Choose a Map

To observe a moon clearly, you need to study a little bit on it and gather knowledge about the lunar features. And for this, choose a lunar map first as a guide that will help you locate the moon. This lunar map can be found in two forms:

  1. Inverted view 
  2. Mirror reversed

You can see the moon through a refracting or a catadioptric telescope following the reversed version. This will reverse the image of the moon by turning it left to right. On the other hand, if you find the moon upside down when the inverted map directs the right side up, you need to turn the map upside down.

This moon map is placed on a large scale where you can find everything in detail. Don't worry about the size. It can also be folded in four and you can easily carry away.


magnification of moon

For the magnification of your targeted object, remember one thing that you need 50 power for a 1-inch aperture of your objective lens. Seems difficult? Let me make the calculation clear. If you use a 2-inch telescope, the magnification power is 100. And if you use a 4-inch telescope, you can expect 200 power magnification.

Don't use more power than that it's allowed. It won't show you clearly. Rather it might disappoint you. To be more specific, you can't go out of your telescope's capability. Let me give an example here. When you want to see an image clearly in your smartphone, what do you do? You just enlarge the picture and it can be done for a certain degree. Can you enlarge more? Won't it damage the picture's quality?

Similarly, you can't use more power than that is limited. So even if you have an eyepiece with the capability of 350 power magnification, you can't use it to get the expected result. In this case, I would rather like to suggest you use less than the maximum power. You can select one half of the maximum magnification power. For example, use 100 power for a 4-inch telescope.

Why is Terminator Important?

Terminator is important because by observing the terminator, you can locate the lunar features more clearly as it reveals the most details. This alignment shadow creates a better 3D effect. And for this better effect, you will be able to observe the largest image of the moon. You will definitely be wondered by watching the bright moon at its maximum size. You can thus find out the craters as well as the mountains on the moon even with a small telescope.

If you face troubles because of the brightness, do two things:

  1. Observe the moon before it's too dark or
  2. Turn your observing space into a well-lit place.

When to Observe the Moon?

The best time to observe the moon is when it is a few days later after the full moon or after the first quarter. Watch just at the two quarters or when the sun doesn't hit straight and the moon is a quarter way around its orbit.

If you are eagerly waiting for the full moon to keep your eye on the telescope looking at the moon, we would like to inform you that it's not the right time. Most people make mistakes here. The full moon isn't the perfect time for lunar exploration. Wondering why? Because at this very time, the moon is between the earth and the sun. The sun hit straight on the surface instead of hitting from left or right. So excessive brightness damages the image.


To enjoy the lunar view, you can start with a telescope as well as a binocular. Whatever it is, you can observe easily through it. If your choice is a telescope, start with the instructions we gave you. Let us know if we need to add anything else here. Enjoy the scope observation and Share your lunar view with us.

You may also like…

10 Best Narrowband Filters

10 Best Narrowband Filters

When you are using a telescope, it is essential to use an excellent narrowband filter. If your narrowband filter is...

What is a Dobsonian Telescope?

What is a Dobsonian Telescope?

“The importance of a telescope is not how big it is. It’s not how well made it is. It’s how many people less fortunate...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *