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#26 buddyjesus

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:22 PM

sorry. got it quite a while ago. Don't remember.

#27 JimK

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

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

Try this link:

https://archive.org/...hemoon032170mbp

#28 Sarkikos

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:13 AM

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.


How does this book compare to Alan's e-book?

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:11 PM

thank you for the link

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:45 AM

How does this book compare to Alan's e-book?

Mike


I'd say the involvement of the co-authors make it an even better guide than Chu's solo effort in the Moonbook. The Cambridge book is a very professionally done work.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:26 AM

Thanks, Mardi. Yet another lunar book for consideration.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:33 AM

Hi,

I'd say the atlases and books I own (and probably that holds true for all lunar books) can be sorted in two groups:
1) atlases and books for desk study
2) atlases and books for field usage

As we're talking about lunar observing books in this thread, I'll concentrate on my preferred books for field usage:
The one I'm using most is the "Reise-Atlas Mond" from Oculum. This is based on the LRO images and displays them on 38 cardstock pages having about the same scale as the Rukl. Actually before I bought that one, I was using my good old Rukl in the field.

For hints and tips I sometimes use the "Der Moonhopper" (as well from Oculum) which contains some tours showing some interesting areas (images from LRO too) or sometimes "Kosmos Mondf├╝hrer" from Lacroux and Legrand. I think there's an English version of that one too.

Just for the sake of completeness, my favourite of group number 1 (desk study) is definitely the "Times Atlas of the Moon" from 1969 (being based on the LAC/LM material). This makes me "feel" like living in the age of moon exploration - a time when I even wasn't an idea in my parents' heads. ;)
Recently I purchased the Clementine Atlas of the Moon which is interesiting from geological perspective but the images of the clementine probe have been taken at noon so showing only few contrast -- looks like full moon.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:02 AM

Got my N Geographic Moon Map this morning, got it on sale $15 laminated. I chose to get it for a quick reference for labeling craters when i take pics.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:37 AM

That's a great map! I have a copy hanging in my observatory.
I love how it shows the Man, the Lady, and the Rabbit in the Moon.

#35 Michael Rapp

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 01:57 PM

I remember having this, or at least a previous version of it, hanging on my wall as a kid (1980s).

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:23 PM

I remember having this, or at least a previous version of it, hanging on my wall as a kid (1980s).


Previous version, on the bedroom wall, in the late '60s (I think). That image brings back memories. :grin:

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

I remember having this, or at least a previous version of it, hanging on my wall as a kid (1980s).


Previous version, on the bedroom wall, in the late '60s (I think). That image brings back memories. :grin:


It first came out in the Feb 1969 issue of National Geographic, just before Apollo 11. That's where I got the one on my wall - an NG I got in a thrift store for 50 cents. It looked like it had never even been opened.
A wonderful map!

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:00 PM

70's is when I first had it up in my bedroom. Lost some good posters over the years.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:33 PM

@NeilMac.....great acquisition, Neil!! I got the same map...laminated...it is awesome. I totally enjoy using this one out at the eyepiece!!!

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:48 PM

Both very awesome Nat Geo maps adorn my astronomy office wall!!!!

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 02:42 AM

Robert, you need the third one - the old '50s "The Heavens" - to round your office out!

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:56 AM

Both very awesome Nat Geo maps adorn my astronomy office wall!!!!


That's cool. (And I didn't know there was a Mars one!) I think what is really neat about these posters is that they look impressive from a distance and then you get all the details when you get close up.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:24 PM

And the Mars map (Nat. Geo. Feb 1973) uses the old names! It's too cool!

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:05 PM

Robert - Great photo. What is the map that we can only partially see on the right edge of the picture?

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:12 PM

My favorite is the original version of the Rand McNally Map of the Moon. The original (large) version has the title on the top left corner of the map. There is a smaller version with the name on the top right, but I do not like it as much.

One of the original versions is available on ebay now. It is my favorite lunar resource. It was produced in 1969, and is about 41x37." The auction ends on Jan 22 at 17:30 PST.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:34 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?


Sorry for the untimely reply, just saw this thread. A good book would be....

"The Moon - an observing guide for backyard telescopes" by Michael Kitt (ISBN 0-913135-09-7)
Section 1 is on how to observe the moon.

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