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#1 rockethead26

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

I've been looking for a nice copy of this book for a few years, but the prices always scared me away. Last week while looking on AbeBooks.com, I found one listed as very good from a 5-star seller for $47 shipped. I ordered it and it just arrived today.

Well, I scored on this 1996 printing as it is absolutely mint, jacket and book. The jacket even has a nice mylar cover. The timing is great as I just added the 21st Century atlas to my lunar collection. I'm looking forward to reading through this one.

It was a long wait, but worth it.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

Lots of blank areas in the libration maps in the 96 version.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

Hi Sean

Not sure this will be a problem for me, but I was unaware of this fault in this edition. I'm not sure what you are referring to. There are 8 libration maps and they look fairly complete. Could you be more specific?

Of course, I love it when the first response to my new book post is that I bought the wrong version. Such is life!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

Enjoy it! For a LONG discussion about the various editions, see this thread from 2011.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Ah, perhaps the one you have corrected that. The old edition I own (1990) has gaps in Libration Zones V and VI (page 186 and 187). It must have been filled in between then and the last version. Nothing wrong with it, mind you. I refer to whichever is at hand. I only discovered the discrepancy when plotting the monthly librations for Chuck Wood's column. Attached is a cell phone snapshot I just took of Zone VI, 1990.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

Sean,

Thanks for the picture. Yes, those gaps are in my version as well. I saw that, but wasn't sure if that's what you were referring to. The gaps seem minor, regardless. I'll go read the thread that Photobud linked to to get a better understanding.

I probably will never be a serious student of the moon, so these minor omissions on areas that are difficult to see will never bother me.

Thanks again.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Enjoy it! For a LONG discussion about the various editions, see this thread from 2011.


Thanks for the link. I remember reading that when it was current and made a mental note for when I was going to buy one. I guess my mental note faded away. I think if I had remembered that thread when I was contemplating this purchase, I would have made the buy anyway.

Other than nicer paper in the original and a few percent of the libration maps filled in on the S&T version and some text updates, they're pretty much the same. It's all about Rukl's drawings anyway.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

...It's all about Rukl's drawings anyway.

You've got that right!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

Nice catch! Glad you finally have a nice copy.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

Congratulations, indeed! I had that edition almost permanently check out from the UofA library, until the more recent edition was brought out by S&T. It's still my most-used lunar observing resource.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

The timing is great as I just added the 21st Century atlas to my lunar collection. I'm looking forward to reading through this one.


Just for fun: Take any chart from Rukl, and compare it to the same area shown in the 21st Century atlas, with its incredibly sharp images. Notice how dead-nuts accurate Rukl's drawings are, to the minutest detail!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

I've been looking for a nice copy of this book for a few years, but the prices always scared me away. Last week while looking on AbeBooks.com, I found one listed as very good from a 5-star seller for $47 shipped. I ordered it and it just arrived today.

Well, I scored on this 1996 printing as it is absolutely mint, jacket and book. The jacket even has a nice mylar cover. The timing is great as I just added the 21st Century atlas to my lunar collection. I'm looking forward to reading through this one.

It was a long wait, but worth it.


That's a great catch for $47 shipped, and a nice companion to the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon. As Rick says, it's fun to compare the two atlases on the same areas of the moon. Rukl's work is amazingly accurate.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

Only the 2004 edition (the one I got to work with Tony Rukl on) has the "lunar icognita" filled in. This and a substantial re-working of the text were the main reasons for issuing a revised edition.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. I'll see if I can get lucky with an affordable copy of the 2004 edition in the future, Gary.

Rick and Rob,

I'm looking forward to getting some time to make the comparisons between Rukl and the 21st Century Atlas.

As have a lot of other observers, I have only spent a casual amount of time looking at our nearest neighbor, but that's going to change in 2013. I'm going to give the Lunar 100 a shot and it should make for some easy observing nights here in my red zone.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. I'll see if I can get lucky with an affordable copy of the 2004 edition in the future, Gary.

Rick and Rob,

I'm looking forward to getting some time to make the comparisons between Rukl and the 21st Century Atlas.

As have a lot of other observers, I have only spent a casual amount of time looking at our nearest neighbor, but that's going to change in 2013. I'm going to give the Lunar 100 a shot and it should make for some easy observing nights here in my red zone.


Same here. I'm mostly a deep-sky observer, so I've only done casual lunar observing myself, but lately I've come to realize that I've been giving the moon short shrift over the years. Many pluses to lunar observing--no need to drive two hours to a dark site, so much detail that can be seen with even a small scope, and so on.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Great catch, Jim! Enjoy your new atlas. I have one of the older editions as well, and I really don't have any plans to "upgrade." I consider mine a keeper.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:04 PM

I have one of the older editions as well, and I really don't have any plans to "upgrade." I consider mine a keeper.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

For those interested, a new German-language edition was just recently released, see here.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:42 AM

I have just one edit to Mark9473's post, the publishing house is called Aventinum and they remade the Atlas of the Moon three months ago in 5 languages (including Hungarian :grin:)
Here is the link http://www.aventinum...&product_id=160

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:30 PM

I have just one edit to Mark9473's post, the publishing house is called Aventinum and they remade the Atlas of the Moon three months ago in 5 languages (including Hungarian :grin:)
Here is the link http://www.aventinum...&product_id=160


Looks like one of the languages is English, too!

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 05:55 AM

Yes it is.
They even presented it on Frankfurt Book Fair last week.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:25 AM

But no shipping options outside of Europe...

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:42 PM

My issue is a 1991 copy of "Hamlyn's Atlas of the Moon". It was first published in Great Britain in 1991 by Paul Hamlyn Publishing, London. I got this book through the now defunct Astronomy Book Club! for $29.99.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:33 PM


That's a great catch for $47 shipped, and a nice companion to the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon. As Rick says, it's fun to compare the two atlases on the same areas of the moon. Rukl's work is amazingly accurate.


How about a comparison? With the 21st Century Atlas in hand, is the Rukl really that important for the non collector?

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 03:26 PM

But no shipping options outside of Europe...


Maybe they don't do it usually. Try to write them :)






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