Discover the Moon
The Moon is accessible to everyone. Because it is easy to observe everywhere, even in big cities, it is a prime target for aspiring astronomers and for those who are merely curious about the night sky. This easy-to-use guide to discovering lunar sites takes the reader through fourteen observing sessions from New Moon to Full Moon. For each evening, the book shows which craters, mountains and other features can be seen, and how to find them. Each photograph shows what the observer actually sees through a telescope, solving the usual difficulties of orientation confronting beginners. Images are shown as they appear through both refracting and reflecting telescopes. Maps printed on the book's front and back flaps show the whole Moon with sites as seen through a refractor, through a Newtonian reflector, or, when turned upside-down, through binoculars. Jean Lacroux has been a columnist for the French astronomy magazine Ciel et Espace for 25 years. He has published four successful amateur astronomy books in French. Christian Legrand is an engineer and amateur astronomer, who has been a passionate lunar observer since the Apollo missions.
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EARTHS MOON 9 Evening 6 62
What is there to see on the Moon? 10 The pair Aristoteles and Eudoxus 64
OBSERVATION EQUIPMENT AND SITES 18
equipment 28 Rilles galore
webcams and CCDs 32 A lunar battlefield
and 2 36 The sword in the Moon
Langrenus and Vendelinus 42 The magnificent Copernicus
On the eastern shore of Mare Frigoris 48 Evening 10
A trio of giants
From Full Moon to New Moon
Altai Scarp Apollo Apollo 15 Archimedes Aristarchus Aristillus Aristoteles astronomical basin camera Campanus Catharina Cauchy central mountain central peak centre Clavius Copemicus Copernicus crater floor crater wall craterlets dark domes Earth east edge of Mare ejecta Epidemiarum Eratosthenes Espace eyepiece flat floor formed Full Moon ghost crater Grimaldi Gruithuisen hills Hyginus Ichkanian impact Kepler km in diameter km long km wide Langrenus lava Lecoq librations look magnification Mare Crisium Mare Fecunditatis Mare Frigoris Mare Humorum Mare Imbrium Mare Nectaris Mare Nubium Mare Serenitatis Mare Tranquillitatis maria meteorite Milichius Moon's Mount mountain range northern observe the Moon Oceanus Procellarum orbit outer slopes pair Palitzsch Valley Palus Palus Epidemiarum Petavius photograph Plato Posidonius Promontory rampart refractor region Rheita Riccioli ring rising Rupes Schickard side Sinus Roris Sirsalis smashed Stofler Straight Wall telescope terraced wall Triesnecker trio turbulence Tycho Vendelinus walled plain wrinkle ridges