Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide

The Six-Inch Lunar Atlas

A Pocket Field Guide

Authors: Spain, Don

  • Small, trim size makes this new and practical atlas easy to use at the telescope
  • Perfect for users of refractors (Newtonian, Cassegrain) and users of SCTs or refractors fitted with diagonals as each image is inverted
  • CCD images taken with a 6-inch (150mm) telescope show what can be realistically seen and imaged with a modest telescope
  • Informative and visually attractive computer sketches show lunar features
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About this book

The Six-Inch Lunar Atlas has been designed specifically for use in the field by lunar observers so it’s perfect for fitting into an observer’s pocket! The author’s own lunar photographs were taken with a 6-inch (150mm) telescope and CCD camera, and closely match the visual appearance of the Moon when viewed through 3-inch to 8-inch telescopes. Each picture is shown oriented "as the Moon really is" when viewed from the northern hemisphere, and is supplemented by exquisite computer sketches that list the main features. Two separate computer sketches are provided to go with each photograph, one oriented to appear as seen through an SCT telescope (e.g. the Meade and Celestron ranges), the other oriented for Newtonian and refracting telescopes. Observers using the various types telescopes will find it extremely helpful to identify lunar features as the human brain is very poor at making "mirror-image" visual translations.

About the authors

Don Spain has been a Lunar observer since 1957, and is Chairman of the Planetary and Lunar Section of the Louisville Astronomical Society. He is an active member of the Transient Lunar Phenomena Research Project and author of the Lunar Watch column for the Louisville Astronomical Society’s StarWord. Currently he teaches astronomy at Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Lifelong Learning Programs, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This volume is designed as an easy reference companion for the amateur telescopic observer who does not want the inconvenience of using large-scale (and expensive) lunar atlases in dark and damp conditions. It provides finder charts for some sixty popular lunar formations, as well as a more detailed photographic chart for each of those features alongside a short descriptive text. … it is engagingly written by an observer who combines experience of telescopic observation with an infectious enthusiasm for his subject.” (Bill Leatherbarrow, The Observatory, Vol. 130 (1214), June, 2010)

“It will be of use to the ‘beginning or casual observer of the Moon… anyone who wishes to locate the major features on the Moon and to acquire a little knowledge about these formations’. Don Spain is a member of the Louisville Astronomical Society whose first view of the Moon through a telescope in 1958 prompted, in his words, a ‘lifelong love affair with Selene’. The purpose of the atlas is to provide ‘an easily accessible guide for use at the telescope’.” (Nigel Longshaw, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 120 (1), 2010)


Table of contents (62 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-87610-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-87609-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Six-Inch Lunar Atlas
Book Subtitle
A Pocket Field Guide
Authors
Series Title
Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-87610-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-87610-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-87609-2
Series ISSN
2198-0756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 260
Number of Illustrations and Tables
180 b/w illustrations
Topics