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#1 Jsquared

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:08 PM

I just ordered a new book I discovered on BBC. Called Luna Cognita it is a three volume set with over 1000 illustrations and 1700 plus pages covering the moon lore, observing etc. supposedly took 30 years to write. Sounds interesting. About 100$ for all three volumes. FYI

 

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#2 Jsquared

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:15 PM

Luna Cognita: A Comprehensive Observer’s Handbook of the Known Moon


Robert A. Garfinkle
Springer New York, Mar 13, 2020 - Science - 1680 pages
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This comprehensive three-volume set takes you on an incomparable journey of our closest celestial neighbor. Not since the golden age of 19th-century lunar guidebooks has one author managed to cover the Moon in such detail as this all-in-one handbook.

The handbook begins with a section on the Moon’s place in human history, mythology and lore, before gravitating closer to the Moon itself through scientific sections on the Earth-Moon system, lunar motions and cycles. Following these are technical chapters on how to purchase, use and care for lunar observing and photography equipment. Techniques for observing the Moon (both with the naked eye and optical instruments) are detailed as the reader approaches the Moon’s surface on this visual tour-de-force.
A close-up exploration of the Moon is the result. The “crater-hop” chapters discuss the physical aspects of the Moon’s features, offering brief biographical information on the person for whom the feature is named, as well as how each individual was involved in the development of science and selenography from ancient to modern times.

Luna Cognita goes far beyond any recent work in both breadth and depth of coverage on the Moon. Written in an accessible, engaging manner for readers of all backgrounds and levels of expertise, this handbook is thus an invaluable resource for anybody who looks up at the glowing sphere in the night sky and wants to learn more about the “Known Moon.”


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 05:05 AM

You can pre-order the book on Amazon for $89.99. 


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 10:32 AM

I pre-ordered  from Amazon for $89.  I think it ships March 13, 2020?  Is that correct?  I am looking forward to it.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 01:23 PM

I pre-ordered from Amazon for $89. I think it ships March 13, 2020? Is that correct? I am looking forward to it.
David


I’ve preordered too. Hope it lives up to its description.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 10:55 PM

Wow, this sounds awesome. 



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Posted 27 February 2020 - 09:35 AM

Every time I get on Cloudy Nights I end up spending more money. But thanks for the heads-up, this book sounds fantastic!


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 10:33 PM

Ordered a 3.7 ethos today. Once my book arrives I hope I can have a spacewalk experience.
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Posted 29 February 2020 - 10:12 AM

Does anyone have an idea as to when it will be released?

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 12:03 PM

Does anyone have an idea as to when it will be released?


You can preorder on amazon. Quoted release date is 3/13
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Posted 29 February 2020 - 06:30 PM

You can preorder on amazon. Quoted release date is 3/13

Thanks. Will do.


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Posted 03 March 2020 - 09:46 AM

Pre-order is tempting, but the astronomy budget took a beating last year (had to replace the mount for the 8" Newtonian). Think I'll sit back and see what sort of reviews you guys give this one. cool.gif



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 10:44 AM

Pre-order is tempting, but the astronomy budget took a beating last year (had to replace the mount for the 8" Newtonian). Think I'll sit back and see what sort of reviews you guys give this one. cool.gif


I’ll post something as soon as I get my hands on it although I’m a neube.

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 08:50 PM

I just got a note from Amazon...mid-April to June delivery now.



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Posted 05 March 2020 - 11:09 PM

I look forward to reviews.



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Posted 09 March 2020 - 04:56 PM

I have had two emails from Amazon about this but can’t tell now when it is coming out. Does anybody know when to expect this book?

 Thanks 

David



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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:54 PM

I have had two emails from Amazon about this but can’t tell now when it is coming out. Does anybody know when to expect this book?

 Thanks 

David

I also got the email today and ordered it.  They're claiming it will be available on the 13th of this month, as previously stated.  We'll see.  I'll post here as soon as I get shipping confirmation.  Pat



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Posted 10 March 2020 - 01:30 PM

I got an email saying they will update when available. Sigh. It will come when it does.

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:08 PM

I am not expecting mine earlier than June.... 4.gif  ho-hum imawake.gif



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 10:45 AM

My copy arrived today

 

 

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:36 AM

Just checked Amazon to see if my copy shipped yet.  No it hadn't yet, but it was now in stock and would be going out soon.  Then I noticed the price had gone from $89.95 down to $54.03.  Cool.  Decided to check my account to see if my copy reflected the lower price … no, it was still showing the original $89.95.  Hit the Cancel Order button, waited for it to show 'cancelled' in my account and then re-ordered at the new price.  Now showing delivery between March 25th and April 1st.  Stay tuned. 



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 01:34 PM

My copy arrived today


So tell us about it !!!

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Posted 13 March 2020 - 02:28 PM

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Easy now, I just got it a few hours ago smile.gif

 

I haven’t read much of it yet, but the set consists of three heavy, hardbound volumes.

 

Vol. 1 is general information, lunar history, the Earth-Moon system, lunar observing equipment, photographing the Moon, observing tips and the first part of the main content  “Crater-Hopping, Observing the Moon on day..” with day 1 to day 7..

 

Vol 2 is Crater Hopping from day 8 – 29 (last 14 days in one chapter), chapters about rays, flooded craters, riles, domes, wrinkles, TLP, measuring the Moon, drawing the Moon, occultations, eclipses, etc.

 

Vol 3 is a lot of appendixes: ephemerides, libration, catalogues of domes, halo craters, rays, rilles etc, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindu and Arabic lunar mansion systems, lists of old and new feature names, the updated atlas of Edmund Neison and a lot of other stuff.

 

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Many, many pages  with a lot of photos and drawings. I love moon-books and look forward to reading it all.


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 02:59 PM

This seems really promising, and quite the bargain at 54 dollars.  Anyone who has done any substantial amount of writing on technical matters can attest to how much time it takes to create a project of this scale.  


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 03:26 PM

The price really did drop on the hardbound set now bout 54$ on Amazon.

I canceled my earlier order and reordered. This is a steal and well worth it at the price.

If the three book set has already dropped in price means it’s not selling well. Hope there is more than one printing at a little over fifty bucks anyone who doesn’t buy is gonna regret it big time.


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