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Best lunar observing book?
      #6230666 - 12/03/13 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?

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: mitaccio]
      #6230754 - 12/03/13 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


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: De Lorme]
      #6232163 - 12/03/13 08:44 PM

+1

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: mitaccio]
      #6232218 - 12/03/13 09:14 PM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: revans]
      #6232943 - 12/04/13 09:55 AM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6234532 - 12/05/13 12:40 AM

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

http://www.alibris.com/New-Atlas-of-the-Moon-Thierry-Legault/book/23542435

And: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7020063525&searchurl=sts...

Amazon too.


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Starlon]
      #6234607 - 12/05/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: photonovore]
      #6234660 - 12/05/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: brianb11213]
      #6234812 - 12/05/13 08:05 AM

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


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6235548 - 12/05/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Swamp Fox]
      #6238479 - 12/07/13 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.com/astronomy/astrophysics+and+astroparticles/book/978-88...

It was mentioned also by Chuck Wood in LPOD
http://lpod.wikispaces.com/April+27%2C+2013

Best Regards
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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6238777 - 12/07/13 10:51 AM

Quote:

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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: photonovore]
      #6238781 - 12/07/13 10:53 AM

Quote:

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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: desertstars]
      #6238855 - 12/07/13 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.

Bill


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Bill F]
      #6239152 - 12/07/13 01:54 PM

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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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6240978 - 12/08/13 02:54 PM

Sorry, misunderstanding.

Bill


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Bill F]
      #6241195 - 12/08/13 05:17 PM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6244164 - 12/10/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: revans]
      #6251900 - 12/13/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #6257359 - 12/17/13 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: mitaccio]
      #6281866 - 12/30/13 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!

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: 4BINNI]
      #6289976 - 01/03/14 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #6295386 - 01/06/14 07:32 AM

Quote:

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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: kenrenard]
      #6296248 - 01/06/14 03:24 PM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #6296833 - 01/06/14 08:16 PM

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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.wikispaces.com/Atlas+Corrections


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: desertstars]
      #6298906 - 01/07/14 09:22 PM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: mhilscher]
      #6299055 - 01/07/14 10:53 PM

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


Try this link:

https://archive.org/details/guidetothemoon032170mbp


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: photonovore]
      #6301427 - 01/09/14 07:13 AM

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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?

Mike


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #6306765 - 01/11/14 06:11 PM

thank you for the link

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #6313571 - 01/15/14 01:45 AM

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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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: photonovore]
      #6313854 - 01/15/14 08:26 AM

Thanks, Mardi. Yet another lunar book for consideration.

Mike


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #6315855 - 01/16/14 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 Mondführer" 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.

Achim


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: acr_astro]
      #6318348 - 01/17/14 11:02 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: NeilMac]
      #6318428 - 01/17/14 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.


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6318739 - 01/17/14 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #6318789 - 01/17/14 02:23 PM

Quote:

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.


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: desertstars]
      #6318858 - 01/17/14 02:53 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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.




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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6318982 - 01/17/14 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: NeilMac]
      #6319658 - 01/17/14 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6319673 - 01/17/14 11:48 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6319812 - 01/18/14 02:42 AM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6320197 - 01/18/14 10:56 AM

Quote:

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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #6320525 - 01/18/14 01:24 PM

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

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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6321177 - 01/18/14 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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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: moonnerd]
      #6321190 - 01/18/14 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.

Edited by moonnerd (01/18/14 08:12 PM)


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Re: Best lunar observing book? new [Re: mitaccio]
      #6321835 - 01/19/14 09:34 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

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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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