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#26 EastAnglian

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 01:27 PM

Wow thanks for that link, that book looks incredible.

I’ll second that! That’s well worth a study. I’ve just downloaded and saved it. 


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 04:27 PM

WOW!!   Great info in this thread, glad I found it.

 

Downloaded all the PDFs!


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 12:54 PM

Wow thanks for that link, that book looks incredible.

If you like that book, you will love this one

 

http://lunaratlas.blogspot.com



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Posted 27 April 2020 - 07:54 AM

Check out this new offering from the USGS and NASA, follow the topic here:

 

  https://www.cloudyni.../#entry10145782



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Posted 26 August 2020 - 01:03 PM

With Moon Globe HD the search “snaps” to the feature but takes you out of “earth telescope” and into “above globe” so that you lose your orientation. Any apps that dont do this in the search feature? If I could get internet while out observing I would use the Virtual Moon Atlas which I have on my pc but doesnt exist for ipad. Thanks Cindy


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#31 RazvanUnderStars

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Posted 03 September 2020 - 03:39 PM

I prefer Virtual Moon Atlas because it gives more information on the features than SkySafari Pro. A random example, I just looked at the crater Alfraganus. SkySafari says gives the coordinates, that it's a crater, the diameter and the origin of the name (the full name of a Persian astronomer). Below I pasted the info from VMA and marked in blue the information not given by SS (I did not highlight derived information, such as the height/wide ratio).

 

 

ALFRAGANUS

Identity:

L.U.N.: AA0542S01897E

L.U.N.REDUCED: 0542S01897

Name type : AA

Type: Crater

Geological period: Copernician (From -1.1 billions years to present days)

 

Size:

Dimension: 22.00x21.00Km / 13.00x13.00Mi

Height: 3830.0m / 11600.0ft

Height/Wide ratio: 0.1824

Description:

Bright circular formation with rays.

Steep slopes supporting Alfraganus E and H to the North and Alfraganus K and M to the East.

Very high walls.

Few extensive and flat floor.

Observation:

Apparent size : 11.80"

Interest : Very interesting formation

Observation period: 5 days after New Moon or 4 days after Full Moon

Minimal Instrument: 50 mm refractor

Position:

Longitude: 18.971° East

Latitude: 5.422° South

Side: Nearside

Quadrant: South-East

Area: Theophilus crater North-West region

 

Atlas:

Rukl map: 46 Theophilus

Viscardy page:  236

Hatfield map: 13b6

Westfall Atlas: 343C 148C 154C 161C

Lunar Orbiter:  IV-084-H3  IV-089-H3

Name origin:

Detailed Name: Muhammad ibn Kathir Al-Farrhanï

9 th century persian Astronomer born in Persia

Born at: Fergana in

Important Facts: Author of a 'Book of the science of stars and celestial movements '.

Name Author: (??)


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#32 Visit-the-Moon

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 06:09 AM

I never get tired of Antonin Rukl's Atlas of the Moon, Hamlyn. I have a 1990 edition. There was a later edition but unfortunately I think its out of print though there are some second hand copies floating around. It has 76 maps in a nice green marked with coordinates in 2 degree steps. Each map is a work of art. Every map has an accompanying page that describes some of the more interesting details. An additional eight maps detail the libration zones. There are fifty photos of various interesting features that are cross-referenced to the maps - by current standards the photo resolution is low. It is very easy to use this atlas at the eyepiece, or typically in my case, a 17" screen for imaging.


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Posted 14 October 2020 - 05:29 PM

I like Rukl’s as well, online atlas here:

 

https://the-moon.us/.../Rükl_Index_Map


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#34 Visit-the-Moon

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 10:49 PM

I like Rukl’s as well, online atlas here:

 

https://the-moon.us/.../Rükl_Index_Map

Interesting, I wasn't aware of this site. It is a pity the online maps are not the hand-drawn maps. These really bring out features such as rilles, wrinkle ridges and craterlets that are hard to see in single photographic images. For example, the subtle features such as the volcanic domes & Rima Milichius on Rukl Map 30 near craters Hortensius & Milichius are washed out in the photo. Nevertheless a good resource that can be pulled up on the notebook whilst observing. 



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Posted 15 October 2020 - 06:40 PM

LAC charts that you can download and Moon Globe HD for iPads, iPhones-amazing program for at the telescope.



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Posted 16 October 2020 - 09:25 AM

I never get tired of Antonin Rukl's Atlas of the Moon, Hamlyn. I have a 1990 edition. There was a later edition but unfortunately I think its out of print though there are some second hand copies floating around. It has 76 maps in a nice green marked with coordinates in 2 degree steps. Each map is a work of art. Every map has an accompanying page that describes some of the more interesting details. An additional eight maps detail the libration zones. There are fifty photos of various interesting features that are cross-referenced to the maps - by current standards the photo resolution is low. It is very easy to use this atlas at the eyepiece, or typically in my case, a 17" screen for imaging.

I cannot contain my praise about Rukl's book!
 



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Posted Today, 09:31 AM

Sky Safari 5 pro is what I use (the latest version I believe is 6).  It has the best lunar map I have ever seen. 

 

I have the Sky and Telescope reverse moon atlas and it was a pain to try and follow what craters I was looking at. 

 

*Edit: I tried Virtual Moon Atlas as well, not to my liking 

 

With Sky Safari, you can zoom as much as you like to match the views perfectly, which was a huge boon to my lunar observing. 

Aky Safari 5 Pro, paid, is the best and most complete smartphone program I have ever used. It is impressive from its settings and all the information it allows.




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