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mitaccio
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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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De Lorme
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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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JimK
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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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revans
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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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Rick Woods
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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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raffaello
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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
Raffaello


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

Quote:

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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Bill F
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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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Rick Woods
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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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revans
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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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