Viewing the Moon at its best

The early crescent, waxing gibbous, and first quarter phases of the Moon are often the best times to see lunar features. The Sept 9 thru Setp 15, 2013 Eyes on the Sky video detailed how to see many of these features (Note: Mare Australe may not be visible due to unfavorable libration). Check out the video below for how to see a number of objects on the Moon's surface with a small telescope, taking you through how to see craters and mountains 3 days before and 3 days after first quarter Moon.

The graphic below shows all of these features; if you are using a tablet device, zoom in for a better view of the labels, or click on the map for a full size version (2000x2182 pixels, 600KB, jpg format).

Lunar chart for first quarter phase