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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Starman1]
      #5599827 - 01/01/13 03:29 PM

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Slightly away from the topic of the Moon book, but germane to planets and Moon observing is the book: "Observing and Photographing the Solar System" by Dobbins, Parker and Capen, 1988 Willmann-Bell publishers.
This is an excellent book and contains one of the best albedo maps of Mars I've ever seen.
I believe it's out of print, but used copies might be available.




Indeed they are, and they're not expensive. I got one a year or two ago (I forget what I paid, but it wasn't much), and it's a great observing guide, even though the photographic part is way dated.
That very Mars albedo map, in gigantic form, is hanging on the wall in the lobby of the Planetary Research Center at Lowell Observatory. I asked them how I could get a copy of it, but they couldn't help me. I think the great Jay Inge was the cartographer for the albedo part of it, and the photographic part was Mariner 9 imagery.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5600181 - 01/01/13 07:21 PM

Yeah! I look at page 202 and go running for the John Carter DVD!

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5600273 - 01/01/13 08:24 PM

Gotta agree with you Rick, that has to be the most beautiful Mars map ever printed!! The 1973 NatGeo Mars has that "mid-'50's-early-'60's" "old school" feel to it! It can still be used today....just change some of the nomenclature!!! I'd sure love to find a laminated reprint of that one too!!!!!

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Starman1]
      #5600524 - 01/01/13 11:17 PM


-Actually, it's still available from William Bell on their website:
http://www.willbell.com/ccd/CCD3.HTM
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Slightly away from the topic of the Moon book, but germane to planets and Moon observing is the book: "Observing and Photographing the Solar System" by Dobbins, Parker and Capen, 1988 Willmann-Bell publishers.
This is an excellent book and contains one of the best albedo maps of Mars I've ever seen.
I believe it's out of print, but used copies might be available.




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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5600540 - 01/01/13 11:32 PM

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Yeah! I look at page 202 and go running for the John Carter DVD!




Whoops - I was talking about the one on page 66.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: RobertED]
      #5600541 - 01/01/13 11:34 PM

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Gotta agree with you Rick, that has to be the most beautiful Mars map ever printed!! The 1973 NatGeo Mars has that "mid-'50's-early-'60's" "old school" feel to it! It can still be used today....just change some of the nomenclature!!! I'd sure love to find a laminated reprint of that one too!!!!!




Yep! And it was Jay Inge again.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5610449 - 01/07/13 03:36 PM

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Yeah! I look at page 202 and go running for the John Carter DVD!





I watched the John Carter DVD again last night. A great movie.

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My apologies for taking this thread off topic.

Back to Charles Wood's Atlas. I am continuing to thumb through it in awe. I will have to sit down one day and give it a serious read. I agree with what was said earlier--this book and the S&T Field Map of the Moon may be the combination to get beginner lunar observers into the hobby.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: RobertED]
      #5610550 - 01/07/13 04:42 PM

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Gotta agree with you Rick, that has to be the most beautiful Mars map ever printed!! The 1973 NatGeo Mars has that "mid-'50's-early-'60's" "old school" feel to it! It can still be used today....just change some of the nomenclature!!! I'd sure love to find a laminated reprint of that one too!!!!!




Robert,

Now I think about it, seems to me that Nat Geo offers reprints of a lot of these maps. You should contact them. You can have it laminated at Staples, Wide World of Maps (where I got mine done), or probably a lot of places. That map should be in every Mars observer's arsenal. Probably the last great map to use the old names, the names of features that we observers recognize.

*Sigh* Oh, the nostalgia!


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5610882 - 01/07/13 08:39 PM

Thanks for the advice, Rick!! You are a wise man!!!

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5629374 - 01/18/13 05:32 AM

My copy arrived in the UK yesterday having been ordered on 1st December last. The bubble bag kept it in fine condition on its trans atlantic journey.

I have been very impressed by the quality of the reproductions. I have even had a 6x hand magnifier on some images and can pull out some very small details. The quality of the paper used and printing technique have resulted in a very impressive atlas.

Today it is snowing hard and temperatures are below zero centigrade, I am sitting by an open fire and intend to spend the morning browsing my copy.

I would like to say it has a place in my bookcase between Nasmyth & Carpenter and Modern Moon, but I think it will be quite some time before it makes it that far.

To Charles, thank you for signing my copy and for producing a wonderful addition to my library.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5630091 - 01/18/13 03:13 PM

Just received mine today in perfect condition. Chuck is still signing the atlas. For those of you still waiting, it took 6 days to get here to the Indianapolis area after he mailed it.

It's a very nice piece of work and designed to be used. Can't wait to get a chance to sit down and give it a good once over


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5630165 - 01/18/13 04:02 PM

I got mine today, and posted my impressions in the thread in the Lunar Observing forum, if anyone's interested.

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5630518 - 01/18/13 08:06 PM

Still waiting here ...

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon [Re: Stellarfire]
      #5631405 - 01/19/13 11:45 AM

Yippie-ai-ay, it is here! Finally!

Date of order/payment: November 26, 2012
Date of shipment (postmark Bridgeport, OH): January 14, 2013
Date of receipt in Switzerland: January 19, 2013

The long but nevertheless fast international postal transport with its additional handling operations at several postal facilities resulted in very slight corner bumbing, but nothing serious, so I can live with it.

The Atlas meets my expectations. In its price class (USD $ 30), it leaves nothing to be desired. It came autographed by Charles A. Wood (I like autographed first editions). I am very happy with the very decent printing quality.

Thank you, Chuck and Maurice, for bringing this nice Moon Atlas to us!

Stephan


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Stellarfire]
      #5631603 - 01/19/13 01:38 PM

Well, I gave Chuck the benefit of the doubt and allowed him the full 4-6 weeks that was the standard for shipping 40 years ago. I finally sent him an email this morning.

I shouldn't have to do this.

Mike


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5631654 - 01/19/13 02:14 PM

Yes, that is true, Mike. I think Chuck and his team learned during their self-publishing venture a lot about positive order processing and distribution, and in particular that not all customers really like the "first-come-last-served-rule".

Apparently, this was their first self-publishing job, so I am perfectly willing to accept the unexpected delay as experienced.

Stephan


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Stellarfire]
      #5631699 - 01/19/13 02:55 PM

I've been involved in mail order. The best procedure is to place each order in a spreadsheet and sort them by date received. If at all possible, ship them all on the next day. If that is not possible, then process each one and ship them out in order of date received. First in first out. Any other method will incur the ire of the customers, and justifiably so.

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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: Stellarfire]
      #5631709 - 01/19/13 03:00 PM

Yes, I agree that there some learning curves for Chuck and Maurice, but the atlas is well worth any snafus.

n my case, I waited about ten days after ordering to check in with Chuck on the shipping. He emailed that he was pretty sure it went out. Then a few hours later I get another email from Chuck saying that he was glad I followed up because he had printed six shipping labels several days before and set them aside only to be forgotten until I had planted the seed in his head. Been there, done that!

Anyway, after giving the atlas a complete once over and making it so far thru page 5 of the intro, I have to say that this is an amazing piece of work. The consistency and details of the photos is incredible. The writing style is easy, succinct and informative. I have never been much of a lunar buff, but this is going to turn me into one.

I love the thick, glossy, high-quality paper stock that lets me handle it without feeling like I'll damage it, too.

I agree with Rick that this is a must have.


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5631727 - 01/19/13 03:10 PM

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I agree with Rick that this is a must have.





+1

Stephan


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Re: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon [Re: Stellarfire]
      #5631749 - 01/19/13 03:23 PM

Yes, it sounds like a professional Lunar Atlas. I would have paid more to have it professionally distributed.

Six weeks?

Mike


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