The Phases of the Moon in High-resolution Home

This page is devoted to an index of the high-resolution pictures of the whole Moon taken with a Canon 1100D DSLR camera and an 8-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope,

I have started to accumulate images of the Moon taken with a Canon 1100D DSLR camera and my Ritchey-Chrétien telescope in the hope that eventually I will have a complete set of 28 images..  Generally this comination enables me to obtain a high-resolution image without the need to make a mosaic. (I say generally because, when the Moon is nearly full, its image is a little too large to fit on the sensor in the camera, so I have to construct a two-frame mosaic.)  During the time I have been accumulating these pictures I have also been experimenting and getting familiar with the DSLR (I plan to explain these elsewhere) and this is illustrated in the rather varying exposure and processing techniques I have used.  Also in an attempt to obtain this set as quickly as possible, some of the pictures were taken through cloud or other unfavourable conditions.   I will replace poor pictures with better ones if I can get them.

Because the pictures are very large (almost 3000 pixels square), I think the best way to present them is simply as an image, not as part of an html page. This means that your browser will (in my experience anyway) reduce it to fit your screen but clicking on that image will display the full size. This means that I cannot display the photographic data with the picture, so clicking on a thumbnail below will take you to a page where this data is given along with a larger, but still reduced, image.  Sometimes there are duplicates within the day period which I have kept because they show small differences caused by fractions of the day or libration effects. The final pictures are also linked from the corresponding page in my Moon Phases collection, where a limited amount of information is given.

No significance should be attached to the slightly different sizes of the thumbnails below.  This is caused by my inattention to detail and not to the Moon's varying distance from the Earth.  Nor should any credence be given to any differences in colour.  The age of the Moon in days is calculated as explained elsewhere and correlates perfectly with the phase, the ranges for which (in degrees) are given below.

I regret that the phase information given below was wrong from when this page was created until 7th November 2020.   They are correct now.  My error was to put Phase 0 at New Moon when it is in fact at Full Moon.  The phase is the angle Sun-Moon-Earth, which is zero at Full Moon.  The figures given on the individual pages have been correct throughout.

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Day 1
Phases 168 to 156
Day 2
Phases 156 to 143
Day 3
Phases 143 to 131
Day 4
Phases 131 to 119
Day 5
Phases 119 to 107
Day 6
Phases 107 to 95
Day 7
Phases 95 to 82
Day 8
Phases 82 to 70
Day 9
Phases 70 to 58
Day 10
Phases 58 to 46
Day 11
Phases 46 to 34
Day 12
Phases 34 to 21
Day 13
Phases 21 to 9
Day 14
Phases 9 to 357
Day 15
Phases 357 to 345
Day 16
Phases 345 to 333
Day 17
Phases 333 to 320
Day 18
Phases 320 to 308
Day 19
Phases 308 to 296
Day 20
Phases 296 to 284
Day 21
Phases 284 to 272
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Day 22
Phases 272 to 259
Day 23
Phases 259 to 247
Day 24
Phases 247 to 235
Day 25
Phases 235 to 223
Day 26
Phases 223 to 211
Day 27
Phases 211 to 198
Day 28
Phases 198 to 186
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