This is one book that lunar observers will tell you needs no introduction and has been part of amateur astronomers resources since 1990. It represents a standard with a style that no other publication has been able to replicate. Simple but elegant, this edition features dozens of hand drawn maps that quickly and easily identifies the craters, mountains, seas and oceans of earth’s nearest neighbor. Extremely handy at the telescope the book is a must have!
“Over (60) years after the first space probe reached the Moon and (50) years after Man landed on the Moon, our nearest celestial neighbor is still a source of great fascination and mystery. With its craters, mountains and dark plains, the Moon is the most interesting object for observation by amateur astronomers.
Atlas of the Moon is an authoritative source of information on the motion, rotation and illumination of the Moon, its surface, its origin and evolution, and its exploration in manned and unmanned space probes.
Truly an atlas, a unique feature of this book is the detailed map in 76 sections of the near side of the Moon. There are photographs of areas of particular interest plus a map of the far side of the Moon.
Atlas of the Moon is intended for beginners but the maps and the accompanying lists of the lunar formations would satisfy even the most experienced amateur lunar observer.”
The Moon: a satellite of the Earth 7
Phases of the Moon 9
Lunar phases 1989-2000 10
The Moon in the sky 11
The surface of the Moon 12
Origin and history of the Moon 15
Lunar cartography 16
Numerical data on the Moon 19
Becoming acquainted with the Moon 20
The Moon at First Quarter 20
The Moon at Last Quarter 22
The Full Moon 24
Atlas of the near-side of the Moon 26
Maps of libration zones 180
General map of the Moon 190
Flights to the Moon 192
Fifty views of the Moon 194
Observation of the Moon 208
Tables for the calculation of co-longitude 212
Lunar eclipses 213
Sources used for compilation of the map
and pictorial sections 219
Index of named formations 219