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  • 5 b/w illus. 126 colour illus. 3 tables
  • Page extent: 144 pages
  • Size: 175 x 230 mm
  • Weight: 0.438 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.3
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB581 .L3313 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Moon--Observers' manuals

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521535557 | ISBN-10: 0521535557)

The Moon is accessible to everyone, and easy to observe 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 front and back flaps of the book show the whole Moon with sites as seen through a refractor, through a Newtonian reflector, or, when turned upside-down, through binoculars.

• An ideal introduction to lunar observing • Includes more than 300 lunar sites to observe through your telescope • Day-by-day observing programme, from New Moon to Full Moon


How to use this book; Earth's Moon; Observation equipment and sites; Guide to the Moon; From Full Moon to New Moon; References; Glossary; Latin and English Names.


'Discover the Moon had me hooked from the moment I opened the book … Beautifully produced in full colour and packed full of interesting information and photos. Discover the Moon provides a wonderful introduction to observing our closest neighbour in space. The Moon may be a dead world but the authors manage to bring it alive!' Astronomy & Space

'Lacroux and Legrand have produced a very attractive guide for first-time observers. The authors' writing is enthusiastic, and color or black and white illustrations grace every page … It's the most convenient and accurate resource for identifying named features. It's also a great research tool … Discover the Moon triumphs as the best existing introductory guide to the Moon, and the Clementine Atlas reigns as the most comprehensive atlas of the entire Moon.' Sky & Telescope

'… very useful …'. Astronomy Now

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