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on 28 December 2003
I already own a number of works concerning the Moon, so although I believe the easiest way to learn a subject is to read a lot of different books about it, I am careful not to waste money on any that merely duplicate what others have said. I was therefore very pleased to find that even though the "Moon Observer's Guide" is billed as an introductory text, a number of features made it stand out for me.
The central chapter of the book, "Moonwatching" (76 pages of 192 total), is divided into sections of the Moon to be observed on each day of the lunar month i.e. the areas where the sunlight is shining at a low angle allowing the surface features to stand out in virtue of the shadows produced. For each day, the slice of the Moon described is indicated on a small globe. This portion only is then very cleverly shown on a map mixed in with the text on the same pages, avoiding the need to flick to a few pages of maps at the back of the book. The quality of these maps is also extremely good and I find them easy to match up with my own photographs. Many features are described in an interesting and readable way, including a number with unofficial names and some the author finds noteworthy even though they have no name at all. Also helpful are the references to the size of telescope needed to resolve some of the smaller landmarks, and a selection of photographs and drawings made using a range of amateur telescopes and imaging equipment.
Another chapter I particularly enjoyed was "Lunar Geology and the Moon's Features" (26 pages), explaining the nature of craters, plains, mountains, wrinkle ridges, domes, faults, rilles and the origin of the Moon, illustrated with clear diagrams where necessary.
"The Moon in Space" (10 pages) clearly explains the Moon's motion, including variations in the areas observable from Earth, and this is followed by a chapter (18 pages) on equipment such as binoculars, telescopes and eyepieces.
A 14 page chapter "Recording your Observations" covers the use of film cameras, digital cameras, camcorders, webcams and pencil and paper, then "Eclipses and Occultations" (10 pages) are described.
The final chapter, "The Space-Age Moon" (16 pages) provides a good summary of lunar missions, from Luna through Ranger, Surveyor, Orbiter, Apollo, Clementine and Prospector. Some useful information is given on each one, such as where it went and what it achieved.
The book closes with a glossary, a list of high quality Web sites including discussion groups and archives of lunar photographs, a list of books, maps and software, a general index and finally a separate index of features including references to illustrations and maps.
All in all, I would say this is a superb introduction for anyone unfamilar with the Moon, but also worth having as an additional guidebook for those a bit more knowledgable although not yet expert, i.e. the "beginner to intermediate" level. As well as being used for actual observation through a telescope, it also makes an excellent companion for a "virtual tour" through those photo collections available either online, on CD or through software such as the "Virtual Moon Atlas", on those nights when there's either nothing to see directly or you want to look at the space probe close ups.
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on 23 May 2012
I have always wanted to be able to recall features of the Moon. This guide not only names them but describes them too making recall really easy. The daily observing guide adds structure to this learning. Perfect!
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on 26 March 2017
Great observing guide
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on 21 July 2017
very useful.
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on 12 May 2010
I haven't got time to write much - let's just say that this book is absolutely brilliant and is easily the best 'astronomy' in my collection. It is easily the best lunar observation book I've ever seen anywhere for this price and my colleagues in the astronomy society agree with me (I saw their copies and then immediately went to get one of my own). If you want to look and learn about the moon then this is the book to have in your pocket (I mainly use 20 by 80 binoculars so this book is perfect for me and for people with slightly larger, beginners scopes).
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on 19 August 2017
Item as advertised. fast delivery. Thank you.
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on 22 July 2017
Excellent value, bought two, one to donate to my local astronomical club.
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on 1 July 2012
I very much enjoyed this guide to our lovely and mysterious moon. I've always loved watching the moon, but this guide helped me to understand more about the moon. Thanks!
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on 14 January 2014
If you want to learn more about our Moon, this is the book for you....not just maps, but intelligently written and packed with information about our nearest neighbour.
Get the Binoculars or Scope out and start seeing The Moon in all its glory.
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on 2 January 2013
This is another one of the many Philip's books that is absolutely excellent.I have most of the Philip's astronomy books & this one is my favourite, very detailed & you can re read this book over & over!! If you are a keen amateur astronomer like myself then this book is a must!!
Buyers --- some of the Philip's books are a LOT cheaper on Ebay brand new just compare before you buy!!
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