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#1 mitaccio

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:52 AM

Wife is asking for a Christmas wish list and I'd really like a book on observing the moon. How-to's, interesting features, about the features, etc. Suggestions on a good (or the best) book?

#2 De Lorme

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:21 AM

Mitaccio,
I've been using " Discover The Moon" by Jean Lacroux and
Christian Legrand. It shows on the left side of the page what the moon looks likes through a refractor and on the right side through a reflector. Very informative, easy to use and cheap to buy. Check out Amazon or E-Bay they should have a one. De Lorme

#3 JimK

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:44 PM

+1

#4 revans

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:14 PM

You might consider The Modern Moon A Personal View by Charles Wood.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:55 AM

Modern Moon doesn't really meet the OP's criteria as an observing book. But it's an excellent book!

#6 Starlon

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:40 AM

"The New Atlas of the Moon" by Thierry Legault and Serge Brunier

http://www.alibris.c...t/book/23542435

And: http://www.abebooks....earchurl=sts...

Amazon too.

#7 photonovore

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:32 AM

I always liked "Discover the Moon".

But a more in-depth guide would be the new atlas that grew out of Alan Chu's "Moonbook": The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas. I was always a big fan of Alan's Moonbook e-book and no less of this beautiful atlas & and well-done observer's guide, authored in concert with Wolfgang Paech and Mario Weigand. It's an easy-to-use book, with the 67 observing sections ordered by phase and indexed graphically inside the coverplates ala Rukl's. There's just enough geology included to keep the descriptions interesting without being overly obtuse/technical.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:31 AM

I don't know about "the best" but I've been fairly impressed by "Observing the Moon" (2nd edition) by Gerald North (Cambridge University Press). I know some people also like "The Moon and How to Observe it" by Peter Grego (Springer).

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:05 AM

Another excellent read - though of a different nature - is EPIC MOON by Sheehan and Dobbins.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:37 PM

I also like Discover the Moon. Some other books on my bookshelf that get used are 2 by Peter Grego - Moon Observer's Guide, and The Moon and How to Observe It. I also use Observing the Moon by Peter Wlasuk.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:23 AM

Eventually you are interested for specific study of volcanism and domes you can consider this our book published by Springer

http://www.springer..../book/978-88...

It was mentioned also by Chuck Wood in LPOD
http://lpod.wikispac.../April 27, 2013

Best Regards
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

Modern Moon doesn't really meet the OP's criteria as an observing book. But it's an excellent book!


It seems to have gone out of print on us. Probably not news for most of you, but I haven't been keeping up with these things of late, so it was an unpleasant surprise to see it available only in used book listings.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:53 AM

I always liked "Discover the Moon".

But a more in-depth guide would be the new atlas that grew out of Alan Chu's "Moonbook": The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas. I was always a big fan of Alan's Moonbook e-book and no less of this beautiful atlas & and well-done observer's guide, authored in concert with Wolfgang Paech and Mario Weigand. It's an easy-to-use book, with the 67 observing sections ordered by phase and indexed graphically inside the coverplates ala Rukl's. There's just enough geology included to keep the descriptions interesting without being overly obtuse/technical.


I've only just started to make use of The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas, and I'm impressed. Discover the Moon and CPMA would be a good combination for someone just getting serious about lunar observing.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:26 AM

I disagree with the comment that "Modern Moon" isn't an observing book. Mine is looking a bit tatty with all the time I have spent with it at the scope. It also fills the other requirements very well.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:54 PM

I disagree with the comment that "Modern Moon" isn't an observing book. Mine is looking a bit tatty with all the time I have spent with it at the scope. It also fills the other requirements very well.

Bill


I didn't say that; I said it doesn't really meet the OP's criteria for an observing book, as set out in the first post.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 02:54 PM

Sorry, misunderstanding.

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#17 Rick Woods

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 05:17 PM

No prob. It's a terrific book, whatever the case!

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:06 AM

You know, in all honesty and objectively and with all technicalities put aside, this really is the best lunar book written in the last quarter century at least and really can double as a prime observing book... I have no doubt of that whatever...

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:07 PM

I have several moon atlases, including the classic and hard to get Rukl, but the one I use most in the field is the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon by Charles A. Wood and Maurice J.S. Collins.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:06 AM

I love and will never sell my Rukl. If you can find it and afford it then get it.

I found a free download somewhere of a 1953 version of Sir Patrick Moore's Guide to the Moon. It is a book I often return to for inspiration. His enthusiasm exudes in his books.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:04 PM

Received my copy of 21st Century Atlas of The Moon for christmas. Took a good look at page #81. I do believe that craters #6&7 have been reversed. Checked my other atlases, and yup, Manilius, and Menelaus have been switched. AN evil nasty boo boo no doubt. Blame it on the Gremlins!

#22 Doc Willie

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

There is a whole page of errata that I think is included in the most recent mailings. I can't find it on-line.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:32 AM

I love and will never sell my Rukl. If you can find it and afford it then get it.

I found a free download somewhere of a 1953 version of Sir Patrick Moore's Guide to the Moon. It is a book I often return to for inspiration. His enthusiasm exudes in his books.


I ordered a used copy of Sir Patrick Moore's book for a few dollars on Amazon. I just received it a few weeks ago and its in very fine shape. I have really enjoyed reading through the book. He has a great enthusiasm indeed.


Ken

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:24 PM

might you recall where is the free download of this book is?

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:16 PM

There is a whole page of errata that I think is included in the most recent mailings. I can't find it on-line.


This?

http://lpod.wikispac...las Corrections






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