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#26 rmollise

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 03:55 PM

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


No it is not. If you want more detail than the excellent Wood atlas has, you want to go to Virtual Moon Atlas, which, being a computer app, can offer more detail than either. ;) For most of us, I think 21st Century is more than sufficient. ;)

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:04 PM

I agree with Rod, I think that the Visual Moon Atlas for very small detail is excellent, either of the two books is great for general finding your way around.

On the wall of my old observatory I had a Phillips Moon Atlas pinned to the wall. It was great for very general finding the stuff I didn't know off the top of my head.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:49 PM

Rukl's or Wood's book, either or will work. I am very lucky to have both. I also recommend The Modern Moon by Woods as well I use it a lot for learning about features. I don't think there is a book like it.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 04:46 PM

I know this is a minor point, but the page numbers, "next chart" numbers, and grid lines in the first edition were red, hence invisible using a red LED flashlight.
The reprint changed these to another color so they do show up in red light.
Yes, I suppose I could use another color of light because I don't really have much night vision when looking at the Moon, but a red flashlight is the only color I pack in my astronomy gear, so it is what I have in the field.
Since I inked in black page numbers and chart directions, I never felt the need to change to the later edition, but those of you looking for used copies should be aware of that if it matters.

Those who want a nice computer atlas, I recommend VirtualMoon 6.0. It's a free download and quite impressive.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:51 PM

but a red flashlight is the only color I pack in my astronomy gear,


There is many versatile lamp today that has white and red with different level of intensity. To me a frontal lamp is the best.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:18 PM

But no shipping options outside of Europe...


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


I emailed them and asked about it. They seemed willing to ship to the US, but they said shipping would be very expensive. More than what the book cost. They suggested trying to get a group buy going. Order like 10 books and have it sent to one address in the US, that apparently saves a lot per book, and then have that person redistribute them.

I'd sign up if somebody organized it, but I might just bite the bullet and pay the exorbitant shipping charges. I think it still comes out to way less than what a used 2nd edition Rukl goes for. (nearly $200 when I checked)

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:52 PM

I just got a copy of the 1990 edition off of Amazon for $17.50, shipped! It was described as being in 'acceptable' shape. Therefore I was not surprised that when it arrived the cover was a little dirty and there was a slight separation of the binding inside the front cover, very easily fixed with some clear tape. All of the pages are in fine shape.

Checking the web I could only find a few copies under $100, all over $80. I guess the bookseller I got this copy from did not check around.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:48 PM

I just got a copy of the 1990 edition off of Amazon for $17.50, shipped! It was described as being in 'acceptable' shape. Therefore I was not surprised that when it arrived the cover was a little dirty and there was a slight separation of the binding inside the front cover, very easily fixed with some clear tape. All of the pages are in fine shape.

Checking the web I could only find a few copies under $100, all over $80. I guess the bookseller I got this copy from did not check around.


Excellent score, George! I thought I had gotten a good deal.






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