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Moon Observer's Guide

by Peter Grego
 

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A night-by-night guide to studying the moon.

The moon is usually the first celestial body that captures a stargazer's attention and imagination. Throughout history, the moon has endured as a universal subject of myth, poems, entertainment and intense scientific endeavor.

In clear language and with full color photographs and illustrations throughout,

Overview

A night-by-night guide to studying the moon.

The moon is usually the first celestial body that captures a stargazer's attention and imagination. Throughout history, the moon has endured as a universal subject of myth, poems, entertainment and intense scientific endeavor.

In clear language and with full color photographs and illustrations throughout, Moon Observer's Guide offers practical guidance to amateur astronomers viewing Earth's only natural satellite. There is valuable advice for observing the Moon with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. Central to this book is a detailed 28-day guide to lunar features. Lunar geology and the various causes of physical features, such as craters and volcanoes, are described.

Also included are:

  • Guidelines for choosing binoculars and telescopes
  • Ways of recording observations
  • Digital and conventional photography
  • Using Internet resources, personal computers and lunar software programs
  • Safety tips for observing the moon during solar and lunar eclipses
  • Detailed moon maps

This book is an ideal reference for the growing numbers of beginning astronomers.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This tidy guide for lunar observers will fill a niche in most astronomy collections. It provides an introduction to lunar geology and features, proper observing equipment and practice, a tour of the faces of the moon during the lunation (lunar month), as well as a history of human exploration of the moon. The language is clear and specific, with terms defined in context and in the glossary, the diagrams are illustrative, and the equipment section is tremendously useful and detailed. Amateur observers will especially like the captions that accompany each of the many lunar photographs in the book, recording the specific type of telescope and lens used to accomplish each effect. The section on lunar geology would benefit from more maps of the moon, as it is difficult to visualize the concepts discussed without an adjacent map. For the small trim size (ideal for toting on observing nights), however, the guide is packed with images. And in the extensive twenty-eight-day tour of the moon, the author succeeds admirably in evoking moon terrain with vivid and varied description, writing precisely about what features can be seen when and with what techniques. Of significance is the author's love of astronomy, which is clearly apparent in the writing and attention to detail. This guide serves as an excellent lunar reference for observers as well as for high school reports, in part because of its tight focus and lack of extraneous information. It is recommended for all school, public, and special libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12;Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Firefly, 192p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 12 to Adult.
—Caitlin Augusta
E-Streams - Judy Matthews
[Review of previous edition:] Highly detailed but very readable text... generously and beautifully illustrated, including detailed maps of the lunar surface and color photographs.
Pulsar - Duncan Class
[Review of previous edition:] For both novice and experienced amateurs... very informative and handy to use... perfect gifts for any amateur astronomer.
Sky and Telescope - Stuart J. Goldman
[Review of previous edition:] It's a moon encyclopedia for your back pocket. This handbook is packed with lunar information and tips.
New Brunswick Reader - Curt Nason
[Review of previous edition:] The meat of this book is a day-by-day description of the features visible along the terminator, the line dividing the sunlit portion and darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552978887
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
02/07/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Grego writes and illustrates MoonWatch, a monthly column in Astronomy Now, and edits three astronomy publications: Luna, the Journal of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) Lunar Section, the SPA News Circulars and Popular Astronomy.

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