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daveCollins
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The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas
      #5459844 - 10/07/12 08:49 PM

I received this atlas the other day.
Iíve been waiting for it for a few months while it was on pre-order. It was just released last week. I also have the following atlases:
  • Atlas of the Moon (Rukl)
  • Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas (Byrne)
The new atlas is spectacular. It is a large book (13.5 x 10 inches), it has 69 regions, and is supported with 388 images. These images were all taken by the authors and so they are from the perspective of what you would see through an eyepiece if you had perfect seeing with a perfect scope. It is the quality of the images which makes this atlas the best lunar atlas Iíve ever seen. Note that it isnít like Ruklís atlas in that the entire lunar surface (near side) isnít shown. But my other two atlases don't even come close to the quality of presentation of the new atlas for those areas that they have in common. By presentation I also mean annotation and layout.

The regions that are shown have multiple images of major features, where each image has different illumination, perspective, and/or scale. For example, the Apollo 11 landing site has 4 images which clearly show Sabine, Ritter, Aldrin, Collins, and Armstrong. From these images, you are left with a clear idea of how everything should appear before you go to your scope.

Another example is Montes Alpes. The atlas has 7 detailed images of this feature. The central rille is clearly shown in different lighting. Again, it helps if you are looking for this feature to have seen high quality imagery before going to your scope. You'll know basically what your target should look like through the scope.

Don't mean to come off as a salesman. I just wanted to pass along info on a great new resource.

Edited by daveCollins (10/07/12 08:54 PM)


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5459868 - 10/07/12 09:09 PM

Cool. Thanks for sharing this. I just placed an order for a copy.

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: jgraham]
      #5462027 - 10/09/12 12:25 PM

Thanks for the review!!!, Dave!! Appreciate it!! Will be placing my order!!

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5469116 - 10/13/12 11:43 PM

Are the images inverted (for newts) by any chance?

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: dan777]
      #5469198 - 10/14/12 01:02 AM

Are you able to post a photo of a typical page from the book?
Tks,


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: waso29]
      #5469214 - 10/14/12 01:24 AM

Quote:

Are you able to post a photo of a typical page from the book?
Tks,




Ya I would like to see that too. Amazon doesnt have a "search inside the book" option for this book unfortunately.


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: mark8888]
      #5470488 - 10/14/12 08:29 PM

Images are not reversed. These photographs are of a much inferior quality as compared to the book since I had to make them small enough to post here. So I made them tiny black and white photos. But you can get the general idea of how the book presents its info.

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5470493 - 10/14/12 08:31 PM Attachment (187 downloads)

Picture one:

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5470495 - 10/14/12 08:33 PM Attachment (161 downloads)

Picture Two:

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      #5470498 - 10/14/12 08:34 PM Attachment (154 downloads)

Picture Three: Close-up of Picture Two

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Picture Four: This is also a close-up of Picture Two. Of course this is a image of Rima Hadley, the Apollo 15 landing site. The book has 6 photos of this site and points out where the landing site actually was. Please note again that the quality of my photos are horrible compared to the book.

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5470556 - 10/14/12 09:01 PM Attachment (118 downloads)

Preface

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5470560 - 10/14/12 09:02 PM Attachment (122 downloads)

These are the regions covered. The book also has a detailed chapter on the moon's geology and other details.

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      #5470667 - 10/14/12 10:13 PM

Oh,...THAT is one sweet book!! Thanks for posting, Dave!!!

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: RobertED]
      #5470751 - 10/14/12 11:13 PM

Great moon photos and descriptions! Thank you very much for posting these pics, looks like a great book.

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: daveCollins]
      #5471070 - 10/15/12 08:06 AM

Hello,

here is a link to the german edition. There are some sample pages from the book: Fotografischer Mondatlas.

http://www.oculum.de/oculum/dia.asp?ID=1510201214001230&Nr=978-3-938469-41-5&Dia=0

Clicking to a small page on the left side will show you the big one.

CS


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: deister]
      #5471275 - 10/15/12 10:56 AM

I just got mine and think it's really great! I hope this doesn't cause a major war, but much as I like and use Rukl, I believe I prefer a good photographic atlas.

Bill


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: la200o]
      #5472404 - 10/15/12 10:22 PM

Just ordered mine today from Amazon!! And now!....the wait!!!

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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: RobertED]
      #5474415 - 10/17/12 02:24 AM

I can't tell by the table of contents; how much of the near side is actually represented? Is it fairly complete, or cherry-picked features like the Kaguya atlas? Is there enough continuity of coverage to actually be an "atlas"?
The Times Atlas of the Moon didn't cover the entire near side either, but the parts missed were *very* few. Is this one like that?

This looks like a very beautiful book. The price is certainly reasonable.


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Re: The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas new [Re: la200o]
      #5474702 - 10/17/12 09:22 AM

Quote:

I just got mine and think it's really great! I hope this doesn't cause a major war, but much as I like and use Rukl, I believe I prefer a good photographic atlas.

Bill




No worries. Most of us are bibliophiles and enjoy a good excuse to have an extra lunar atlas. No one book ever really covers it all. (Besides, lunar observers rarely indulge in pedantry. )


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