Discover the Moon

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - 143 pages
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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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Contents

EARTHS MOON 9 Evening 6 62
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What is there to see on the Moon? 10 The pair Aristoteles and Eudoxus 64
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OBSERVATION EQUIPMENT AND SITES 18
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equipment 28 Rilles galore
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webcams and CCDs 32 A lunar battlefield
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and 2 36 The sword in the Moon
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Langrenus and Vendelinus 42 The magnificent Copernicus
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On the eastern shore of Mare Frigoris 48 Evening 10
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Evening 11
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Mare Humorum
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A trio of giants
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Evening 13
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From Full Moon to New Moon
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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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