Squirll: The detail in that second moon shot is great. I can't wait to try it now that I have the TCON14B. I've taken some shots similar to the first one and have not been pleased with detail. Of course, 240,000 miles or so is a pretty long distance even for 12x zoom.
Ladyhawk, the best details are visible in shots of the half moon. when it's full, the sunlight hits it straight on, and there aren't many shadows to create the sense of texture and relief. your eye uses shadows to give an image depth, and if there are not, it just looks flat and two dimensional. when the light hits the moon from the side, as it did in my second shot, you can see the shadows, and that gives it detail.