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Sky & Telescope's Field Map of the Moon [Paperback]

Gary Seronik , Antonin Rukl
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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing; Map edition (30 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931559228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931559225
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, very clear and easy to use 3 Nov 2010
Very good quality. It has laminated pages making it a durable product also for outdoor use. The graphical design, labels and all text is very clear and informative. Great product for binocular and telescope moon observations.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Designed For Use In The Field 15 Jan 2008
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Both versions of this map are drawn by Antonin Rukl whose Atlas of the Moon in book form is considered the gold standard for available paper-based lunar atlases. While the scale is smaller here, the amount of detail will be sufficient for the vast majority of telescopic observers.

But what distinguishes these maps is how well they're designed. Laminated, folding in quarters and just about the perfect size, it's plain that Sky Publishing meant these to be practical and rugged.

Also, two very nice touches. The lunar surface features are repeated where the map folds so no details are lost "in the ditch". And each map quadrant shows the lunar libration zones, whose features tip in and out of view daily.

This version has North, South, East and West in their normal orientations. So it is suited for use by both binocular viewers and telescopic viewers who use telescopes, such as a Newtonian, which reverses all four.

The mirror-image version, on the other hand, is suited for telescopic viewers who use telescopes which can employ diagonals, such as refractors and Schmidt-Cassegrains, which maintain North and South in their normal orientations, but reverse East and West.

This is an excellent observing tool.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Map 24 Feb 2007
By John C. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
I have both Field Maps of the Moon. This one is as you see

the moon with binoculars and the other is "mirror image" for

telescopes. Both are excellent, high quality maps that are

laminated to keep off dew. The illustration of the moon is

superb and the map folds in four quadrants for easy handling

and space saving in the field. Directions on how to use the

map and hundreds of features are listed with their coordinates

so you can easily find them.

An excellent tool for moon lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely valuable resource 19 July 2012
By J. Borden - Published on Amazon.com
Living in the light-polluted skies of Los Angeles, I decided a few years ago to more or less give up on deep-sky astronomy, at least for now, and turn to the Moon. It's one of the few objects I can observe really well from home without packing up my large telescope and driving two hours out to where the sky is dark. Most of the time I just use my small 70mm refractor, which is more than sufficient for finding most of the features identified on this Field Map Of The Moon. Besides the telescope itself, this map is the most valuable resource I have. The Moon is truly a beautiful and spectacular object to observe, but unless you do it intelligently, even it can become tiresome after awhile. After you've gone "wow, look at that!" a few times the thrill begins to wear off. Using a map to help you find lunar features and identify them by name is, I believe, absolutely essential to maintaining your interest, and this field map fits the bill very well. With the map in my lap and a penlight in my hand I can easily sit at the 'scope for two hours, often much longer, without tiring of the view.

This map is well designed with it's large size and folding quadrant layout. There is considerable overlap on each panel between the quadrants so you don't have to flip it back and forth when observing something near one of the folds. Its lamination is tough and it can take a lot of abuse. Antonin Rukl's artwork is superb, making identification of features easy. This edition is well suited for use with my Dobsonian reflector, although I happen to like the Mirror Image edition since for lunar work I usually use either a 70mm refractor or a Schmidt-Cassegrain, both of which use a 90-degree diagonal. Thanks to this map I've been able to identify, over the last few years, literally hundreds of lunar features, and I've probably memorized over 200 of them. I especially enjoy being able to identify the general location of each of the six Apollo lunar landings. (Although keep in mind that even the Hubble Space Telescope isn't nearly powerful enough to see the actual landers themselves.)

True, there's more to lunar observation than merely memorizing craters and other features, and Charles Wood's column in Sky and Telescope magazine, "Exploring the Moon", as well as his excellent book "The Modern Moon: A Personal View", can help you there. But just being able to identify what you're looking at is a great start and will help you maintain a fascination with the Moon that will last a lifetime. Whether your telescope is large and expensive or small and basic, using it along with this map will offer you years of rewarding lunar observations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lunar Observation Tool 25 Jan 2014
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll add my own thoughts to the many reviews touting the worth of this astronomy tool. An excellent and useful tool, this Lunar chart works for ANYONE observing La Luna. Use it for naked eye or binocular viewing just as it is. Turn it upside-down when using telescopes that flip north and south in the eyepiece (such as Newtonian reflectors) or buy the "mirror image version for those that simply flip east and west (such as refractors using diagonals). It's a BIG chart designed to fold into quarters for easier use. It's laminated to prevent moisture damage and each folded section overlaps the next so that nothing is lost in the creases. The chart makes an excellent companion outside and when used with a good atlas, such as the The Cambridge Photographic Moon Atlas (this is my favorite) or the Astronomy Atlas of the Moon (I own this one too) or The Kaguya Lunar Atlas: The Moon in High Resolution you'll be set for hours and hours of Lunar exploration.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love maps 19 Dec 2012
By panda44r - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a GREAT map of the moon. The lamination is very well done. This map should last quite a long time (years). If you are trying to find features on the moon through your telescope, and even if you are using some high-powered binoculars, then this is the map for you. Many of the features represented on this map, can be seen with the naked eye, on a clear, bright-moon or "super moon" night. HIGHLY recommended.
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