Identifying Lunar Features

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    I am a beginner at observing and Imaging the moon. I have looked at the sources of help recommended to me. However I am still struggling to identify individual craters etc.

    I have uploaded several images I have taken in November. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Kindest regards,


    Nick Hewitt

    Hi Garion

    The BAA has a good basic map available. If you have a smart phone, there is a good App called Moon Globe. I am not sure of the cost but it is very flexible. I use it.

    hope that helps


    Bill Leatherbarrow

    Hi Garion, 

    As I mentioned in my earlier e-mail to you, a good map is an essential starting point. Nick mentions the BAA map, which is fine and can be bought from the BAA shop, but it has south up which might confuse you. The Philips map I suggested has north up. I also sent you a link to the ‘Dial a Moon’ website, and the 2019 version is now available alongside the 2018. If you key in the dates and time of your images it will identify craters near the terminator.

    The images you posted show large areas of the Moon and it is not clear which features you are trying to identity. I can tell you that the large crater on the terminator in your first post image is Gassendi and the large crater to the left in your sixth image is Posidonius.

    Hope this helps. Contact me directly if you need further advice on Dial a Moon.


    Steve Knight

    Hi Garion,

    Picked up the Philips lunar map that Bill mentioned in TheWorks store for £3 about a week ago.


    William Scutcher

    Hello Garion

    You could also download the free Virtual Moon Atlas for a PC.

    You can configure for different views – as seen naked eye, binoculars, or through a telescope with or without diagonal and so on. It also shows the phase and terminator for any date and time you choose. Basically a Cartes du Ciel (or Stellarium) for the Moon.

    Hope that helps.


    Lots of ideas above. I think this book is good as it shows you what features are visible throughout the lunar month. Secondhand copies can be sources online for under £10.


    Thank you all for your helpful advice.

    Kindest regards, 


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