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#1 curiosidad

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 01:55 PM

Hello,
Lately, I am fond to observe the moon, and I would like to advise me on some good books on this topic, please.
Thank you for your opinions.
Paul



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:35 PM

Hi Paul. To observe the Moon, I fully recommend Antonin Rukl's book Atlas of the Moon. I just hope it is possible to purchase a reasonably priced copy for yourself. Check it out -it is the larger revised version I have; the older copy was very small in size.

My wife bought it for me when it was quite cheap 8 years ago.  

Other good people on this website will recommend the new book that is out now. It is by Thierry Legault and another chap.

I trust you will have a good time discovering other books too, Paul.

Like you, I do love finding many features on our nearest neighbour. 

 

Clear skies to you,

 

Aubrey.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 03:02 PM

http://www.cloudynig...hy/#entry220412

 

Some of these books are, unfortunately, not in print, but can be found used (especially online) and in libraries.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 04:10 PM

Just purchased Rukl's book and it is a work of art. It's a fantastic and very useful book. I highly recommend it and hope you can find one. I paid $50 and its worth every penny.

Good luck, Bill


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 05:03 PM

Just purchased Rukl's book and it is a work of art. It's a fantastic and very useful book. I highly recommend it and hope you can find one. I paid $50 and its worth every penny.

Good luck, Bill

$50 -Good price!

 

From who, Bill?

 

Aubrey.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 05:06 PM

Charles Wood's "Modern Moon" and "21st Century Lunar Atlas" are a terrific pair. The former is out of print, though, and you have to watch the used book sites to find one at a decent price.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 07:46 PM

The Moon Observers Handbook by Fred W Price
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Posted 08 December 2015 - 08:34 PM

Moon Observer's Guide, by Peter Grego



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 03:19 AM

Rukl's is king of course, but I also enjoyed Sir Patrick Moore's "The Craters of the Moon".  It was published in 1967 and gives a good overall idea of what scientists thought of the moon prior to the moon landings.



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:14 AM

..and the SCT Hatfield lunar atlas ? I see this in a store in my city..


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:54 AM

..and the SCT Hatfield lunar atlas ? I see this in a store in my city..

 

The regular Hatfield atlas is very nice. I imagine the SCT version would be, as well, if you're using an SCT (reverse images).


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 02:52 PM

....maybe the photographic image slighty dim ?


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 04:03 PM

 

Just purchased Rukl's book and it is a work of art. It's a fantastic and very useful book. I highly recommend it and hope you can find one. I paid $50 and its worth every penny.

Good luck, Bill

$50 -Good price!

 

From who, Bill?

 

Aubrey.

 

The seller had two books both sold in a few days.

Bill



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 07:41 AM

Thank you for the list of references.  I was wondering if anyone has purchased or used the Sky and Telescope Field Map of the Moon by Antonin Rukl?



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 09:54 AM

Thank you for the list of references.  I was wondering if anyone has purchased or used the Sky and Telescope Field Map of the Moon by Antonin Rukl?

Practically everyone here! It's sort of the gold standard of fold-out Moon maps. And so inexpensive!

If you're strapped for cash and you want the most for your Moon-map dollar, that's the way to go.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 11:45 AM

What Rick said about the S&T lunar map. Since I own refractors and a reflector I have a copy of each version. I use both on a regular basis for general ID of features, then use a more detailed atlas (Rukl's, in my case) when I take closer looks at specific regions or features.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 03:00 PM

i think that S&T Moon chart is the best .use it all the time . 
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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:04 PM

I've got the Moon Map and the Mirror Image ... I'd agree that they are very useful!



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 05:56 AM

Please check:

http://www.cloudynig...p-5-moon-books/

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 06:20 AM

Thanks!!

Paul



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:17 AM

I've had the S&T Rukl Moon Map for almost 10yrs and use it for the Moon more than anything else.  

 

It doesn't really work very well for anything else.

 

 

(OK, I'm sorry; but you set me up for that one! ;))


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:51 AM

While not a book, you can't go wrong with the free download "Virtual Moon Atlas ["http://www.ap-i.net/avl/en/download].  You can zoom in and out to match your scope's power, flip or reverse the image according to your telescope design (reflector/refractor), set it to any hour of any day, select any feature to bring up information on it. A really must have program.

 

I've also found "Discover the Moon", by Jean Lacroux and Christian Legrand) to be very useful.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:13 PM

1. Mapping and Naming the Moon, A History of Lunar Cartography and Nomenclature, E. A. Whitaker

2. A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings, H. Hill, Cambridge University Press, 1991

3. Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes. .Rev. T.W. Webb  In the section on the the Moon he said, "Many a pleasant hour awaits the student in these wonderful regions".

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:36 PM

Here's an oldie I have that uses old moon pics from Yerkes and special projection techniques from the 60s to simulate views as they would be as seen from directly above.  

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 02:47 AM

Darren;

That's a pricey one! I've looked at that in Bookfinder.com, and it seems like it was always several hundred bucks!




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