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Atlas of the Moon: Revised, Updated Edition [Hardcover]

Antonin Rukl , Gary Seronik
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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May 1, 2007 1931559074 978-1931559072
The definitive Moon atlas is back! Revised, updated, and improved with expanded text and maps, this venerable atlas is the ideal reference guide for beginning Moon-gazers and expert lunar observers alike. Along with master lunar cartographer Antonín Rükl’s exquisite maps, you’ll find comprehensive lists of lunar formations and sights. This new printing is also free of red ink, making it much easier to use at the eyepiece.

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This is a great book for telescope users and a fine one for ordinary browsers. It is an up-to-date atlas of the observable part of the moon. Maps of the moon compose the bulk of the book's 224 pages.

The introduction discusses history, terminology, phases of the moon, and the moon's surface. This is followed by maps of 76 sections of the near side of the moon, each accompanied by a small locator map. Facing pages include place-names and their derivations as well as map coordinates. Following the maps are photographs of interesting lunar formations (craters, ring mountains, walled plains), advice on setting up and using a telescope, descriptions of eclipses, and a glossary. There is a thorough bibliography and index of named formations at the end of the book. One can look up Amundsen, for example, and locate the ring mountain named after him.

The only comparable works are Moon-Mars-Venus (Hamlyn, 1976) and Alter's Pictorial Guide to the Moon (1967). This new book has far more information clearly presented, and names are up-to-date. As director of the Prague Planetarium, the author is knowledgeable and explains terms clearly. Any library with even one patron interested in or studying astronomy should consider this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931559074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931559072
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best lunar atlas I have ever used April 15, 2000
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I have used this book and several other moon maps and atlases, including the highly respected "Hatfield Photographic Atlas". I find that this is the book that I keep coming back to. I prefer the highly detailed drawings in this format over photographs since they are unaffected by the lunar phase. The book is also has a very well thought out index and cross reference. Highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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"Atlas of the Moon" is an accurate and detailed work for persons interested in the visual pursuit of the moon. For anyone with a small telescope or giant binoculars, the detailed moon maps, displayed in a series of 76 individual close-up drawings, provide a wealth of moon topology. The book also groups lunar features and indexes for easy reference. For example, under "rupes--scarp," it lists Rupes Recta (the Straight Wall) on plate 54, along with other scarps. It does the same for other lunar features, such as craters, rilles, and mares--seas. Not only does "Atlas of the Moon" include 76 drawings, but it also has 50 photographs of diverse terrain, such as walled plains, craters, and valleys, to name just a few. I would recommend "Atlas of the Moon" for anyone who enjoys looking at the moon and wants to learn many of its detailed features.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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From full charts to detailed renderings, this book has the best information in the best form available for systematic observation of the Moon. This is the book to buy if an authoritative reference is needed or detailed observing of the Moon is undertaken with amateur telescopes, small or large. There is plenty of information on the Moon to read, along with the many sectional drawings and photographs of prominent and unique features.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard for lunar atlases May 14, 2005
If you are a serious lunar observer, this book belongs on your shelf. An absolute must since so many other refferences rely on it. The problem of red ink has been corrected in this edition. Get two copies: one for scope-side use, the other as a desk refference.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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-This book is a beautiful complement to a photographic atlas or description. I was surprised to find how this graphically drawn atlas seems easier to use than a photographic one, even if the accuracy cannot be quite as good -- photos do not always look like the view in the telescope, they are far harsher, and the shading often affects your perception enough to confuse some features (the author did include photos of some of the more prominent features). The book obviously shows considerable love for the science and patience, which are terrific qualities for any observer to take to the eyepiece.

-The atlas is also divided up into small sections which makes it more enjoyable to plan a "visit," with plenty of description about the people for whom the craters are named (of course, one can never be satisfied that enough features are named). Users of both small and large telescopes can enjoy using this book. The author has complemented his research with a good bibliography, comprehensive charts, and a brief description of the art and science of observing the moon. Surprisingly, and disappointingly, he gives very little description about his work in drawing the lunar features or general astronomical sketching, which in my opinion is a missed opportunity to add some charm and value to an already aesthetic book. He also says little about some of the pre-scientific ideas and musings about this object which has captivated and enriched the imaginations, as well as the mind, of so many people for so much of our history. Well, there are other sources, but it would have been nice to have the artist's perspective.

-Observational astronomers often complain about the moon as a source of light pollution.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love the moon, you'll love this book! March 5, 1999
When I first opened the book, I was surprised that all the maps were drawn instead of actual photos. Thinking shortly about this I realized that photos would have been very expensive not alone impossible at the scale the author chose. It love to look through my 4 inch scope and see how fine a detail I can observe as compared with the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential tool for the armchair lunar astronomer March 6, 2005
I thoroughly recommend Antonin Rukl's Atlas of the Moon. I have used it together with the Consolidated Lunar Atlas, published by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

The Atlas allows the armchair astronomer to locate sites on the moon and to relate them to photographs. The images (drawings) are accurate enough.

It also lists the sites of all the lunar landings American and Russian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Moon Atlas! February 2, 2009
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It's a shame that this classic atlas is again out of print. The "Second Edition" is even better than the first. Perhaps a "Third Edition" will be forthcoming? Whatever, the prices for this on the second hand market have, at times, gotten unreasonable. Rukl's maps are timeless with the pictures and detailed information more than you could hope for. If you can , try to get this or the first edition at a good price. If you're interested in the moon, you won't be sorry. A wonderful compliment book would be The Modern Moon- A Personal View by Charles A. Wood which is fortunately still in print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a reference book - a genuine work of art!
It's a shame this magnificent atlas of the Moon is out of print. The copy I ordered was a withdrawn school library copy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Prokop
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasure to read
very interesting locations of the Moon with interesting descriptions, a pleasure to read.
Very good for amateur astronomers Moon lovers
Published 11 months ago by Lu�s Jervell
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't do better than Rukl
I've long borrowed this from the library while I looked for something better to be available in the market. Turns out there isn't a better lunar atlas so I bought my own copy.
Published 16 months ago by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Lunar Atlas
I purchased the book Astronomy Atlas of the Moon by Antonin Rukl from because it was recommended to me by a friend. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by dvmanning
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Moon Atlas ever printed. An investment
Just received my first copy of Antonin Rukl Atlas of the Moon. I'm an amateur astronomer for over 40 years and have seen over a dozen different Moon Atlas. This INMO is the BEST. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by Thomas Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rukl - Atlas of the Moon
Just get it. One of the most referenced books for lunar viewing. Any condition, any price.
Published on January 31, 2008 by Troy Mullens
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at First Sight (1st Edition)
I bought the first edition of this book at Barnes & Noble for $35 years ago. Later, I saw it on eBay going anywhere from $80 to $400 when it went out of print. Read more
Published on November 1, 2007 by S. Stanicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The maps in this book have an incredible amount of detail. They are hand drawn and Rukl has obviously invested a great deal of time in this work. Read more
Published on June 24, 2007 by D. Benham
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Atlas for Lunar Tics
This is the most detailed map of the moon I have ever seen. It's great for identifying smaller lunar features not shown or named on other maps. Read more
Published on December 21, 2006 by Morgan Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome guide to have on hand!
Being a Moon-lover, this book is a treasure to me. The text and charts are all first class, my only complaint being that any distances and sizes are given in metric not standard... Read more
Published on August 20, 2006 by Robert Browning
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