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Observing the Moon The Modern Astronomer's Guide

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ISBN-10: 0521874076

ISBN-13: 9780521874076

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Gerald North

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Written by an experienced and well-known lunar observer, this is a hands-on primer for the aspiring observer of the Moon. Whether you are a novice or are already experienced in practical astronomy you will find plenty in this book to help you raise your game to the next level and beyond. In this thoroughly updated Second Edition, the author provides extensive practical advice and sophisticated background knowledge of the Moon and of lunar observation. It incorporates the latest developments in lunar imaging techniques, including digital photography, CCD imaging, and webcam observing, and essential advice on collimating all common types of telescope. Learn what scientists have discovered about our Moon, and what mysteries remain still to be solved. Find out how you can take part in the efforts to solve these mysteries, as well as enjoying the Moon's spectacular magnificence for yourself!
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Book details

List price: $66.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/5/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 422
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.354
Language: English

Gerald North graduated in physics and astronomy. A former teacher and college lecturer, he was also a Guest Observer of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He is now a freelance astronomer and author. He is a long term member of the British Astronomical Association, and has served in several posts in their Lunar Section. Other observing guides include the acclaimed Advanced Amateur Astronomy (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Observing Variable Stars, Novae, and Supernovae (with Nick James, Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Preface
Acknowledgements
"Magnificent desolation"
An orbiting rock-ball
Phases and eclipses
Solar eclipses
Gravity and tides
More about the motions of the Moon - libration
Co-ordinates on the surface of the Moon
Occultations
The Moon through the looking glass
The Moon in focus
The pioneering selenographers
Telescopes and drawing boards
What type of telescope do you need?
How big a telescope do you need?
So, what telescope should I spend my money on?
Eyepiece characteristics
Specific eyepiece types and magnification
Making the best of what you have
Drawing the Moon
The Moon in camera
Some basic principles of CCD astrocameras and digital cameras
Practical CCD astrocameras and digital cameras
The imaging area of a CCD camera when used on your telescope, or with an attached camera lens
Image scale using the supplied lenses on a '35 mm format' DSLR
Practical lunar photography through the telescope - at the principal focus
The potential resolution of detail in the image
Enlarging the telescope's primary image
Image processing
Stacking up the Moon
The Moon and your domestic video camera
The benefits of stacking selected images
Manually stacking individual frames
The webcam revolution
Your webcam and computer
The webcam's first night on your telescope
Stacking the images using RegiStax
Processing the stacked image in RegiStax
Striving for the best results
The physical Moon
The first lunar scouts
Men on the Moon
The post-Apollo Moon
Not green cheese but...
Genesis of the Moon
The Moon's structure
The evolution of the Moon - a brief overview
Lunar chronology
Filling in the details
Lunarware
Out-of-print books
Books currently in print
Printed maps, charts and atlases
Some useful website addresses concerning equipment and techniques
Consolidated Lunar Atlas, Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas, Apollo Image Atlas and Ranger photographs online
Clementine, Lunar Prospector and SMART-1 images and data online
Virtual Moon Atlas
Lunar ephemerides
Key map for Chapter 8
'A to Z' of selected lunar landscapes
Agarum, Promontorium
Albategnius
Alpes, Vallis
Alphonsus
Apenninus, Montes
Ariadaeus, Rima
Aristarchus
Aristoteles
Bailly
Bullialdus
Cassini
Clavius
Copernicus
Crisium, Mare
Endymion
Fra Mauro
Furnerius
'Gruithuisen's lunar city'
Harbinger, Montes
Hevelius
Hortensius
Humorum, Mare
Hyginus, Rima
Imbrium, Mare
Janssen
Langrenus
Maestlin R
Messier
Moretus
Nectaris, Mare
Neper
Pitatus
Plato
Plinius
Posidonius
Pythagoras
Ramsden
Regiomontanus
Russell
Schickard
Schiller
Sirsalis, Rimae
'Straight Wall-(Rupes Recta)
Theophilus
Torricelli
Tycho
Wargentin
Wichmann
Webcam gallery
TLP or not TLP?
The mystery unfolds
Categories of TLP
The mystery continues
What might be the cause(s) of TLP?
Possible causes of bogus TLP
TLP observing programme
Telescope collimation
Field-testing a telescope's optics
Polar alignment
Index