This is one of only a small handful of times I’ve actually photographed the near side of the Moon. The two hemispheres of the Moon have distinctly different appearances. The far side is peppered with hundreds of impact craters and rays which contrast sharply with the lunar surface as the Moon waxes. This makes it particularly photogenic. The surface of the near side, on the other hand, is much smoother due to its large lunar seas which makeup about a third of its surface. That said, there are still many striking features and colorful seas on the near side. One of the most prominent features is the Copernicus impact crater. The rayed crater spans roughly 58 miles in diameter, and reaches a depth of nearly 13,000 feet to the floor of the crater.
· Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
· Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 G2
· Tamron SP 1.4x Extender
· iOptron Skyguider Pro EQ
1/20s - 20s, f/18, ISOL(50) - ISO100 @ 840mm, x 72
Processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic, HeliconFocus, Photoshop CC 2020.