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Moon Observer's Guide
Moon Observer's Guide Moon Observer's Guide

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Second Edition
Author Statement: Peter Grego
Audience: Trade
Specs: 30 color photographs and illustrations, 65 black and white photographs and illustrations, maps, bibliography, glossary, resources, general index, features index
Pages: 192
Trim Size: 5" X 7 3/4" X 7/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20160301
Copyright Year: 2016
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Moon Observer's Guide

A night-by-night guide to studying the moon, featuring 20 new images.

Since publication of the first edition of this book, we have enjoyed more than a decade of new readings and images taken by shuttles, rovers, and the Hubble Telescope. Each time they have passed by, orbited, and landed on the Moon we have accumulated an incredible amount of data about our satellite and about the rest of the galaxy. In the same period, stargazing technology has advanced to an unprecedented level of sophistication. Even "basic" low-tech binoculars and telescopes permit astounding views of the night sky.

In clear language and with full color photographs and illustrations throughout, this second edition of Moon Observer's Guide has been updated and revised throughout to incorporate these exciting advances, including more than 20 new images and information about new digital imaging techniques and technology, such as DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras, webcams, and mobile apps. The updates also include the latest science garnered from lunar probes and missions recently and currently exploring the Moon.

The topics include:

  • The birth of the Moon
  • The Moon's orbit
  • Moonlight
  • Guidelines for choosing binoculars and telescopes
  • Ways of recording observations
  • Digital and conventional photography
  • Using internet resources, personal computers and lunar software programs
  • Safety tips for observing the Moon during solar and lunar eclipses
  • Eclipses and occultations
  • The space-age Moon.

Moon Observer's Guide provides practical guidance to amateur astronomers viewing Earth's only natural satellite whether with the naked eye or binoculars and telescopes. Central to the book is the detailed 28-day Moonwatching guide, complete with maps, that describes lunar geology and the various causes of physical features, such as craters and volcanoes.

This is an ideal reference for beginning and experienced astronomers alike, and an essential for library collections large and small.


Peter Grego writes and illustrates MoonWatch, a monthly column in Astronomy Now, and edits three astronomy publications: Luna, the Journal of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) Lunar Section, the SPA News Circulars and Popular Astronomy.

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