Science writer North is full of useful information for backyard astronomers who would like to move to the next level in their observations of the earth's satellite. He opens with description (phases and eclipses, gravity and the tides) and history ("the pioneering selenographers"). Sections on telescopes, cameras, and CCD astrocameras follow, along with a chapter on "the desktop moon." The book's longest chapter is North's "`A to Z' of Selected Lunar Landscapes," which displays, with discussion, in detail 48 specific areas of the moon's surface. North closes with the controversial subject of "Lunar Transient Phenomena." Key advantages of North's volume include its practical focus--e.g., lots of advice on the strengths and weaknesses of various types of equipment--and its mix of vivid photographs (from, among others, NASA) and clarifying maps and charts. A useful addition to libraries' astronomy collections. Mary CarrollCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"He covers just about everything you need to get started including equipment, imaging, image manipulation, and more. It talks about what has been discovered and even more importantly it talks about lunar mysteries that remain still to be solved. It just might be enough to make one take the telescope out of the closet and embark on a lifetime of study." - Publisher Review, Books-On-Line
"...this book is a good friendly way to introduce amateurs to lunar observing..." --Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"Gerald North, an accomplished lunar scholar...is the author, or coauthor, of a number of texts on advanced amateur astronomy and observing techniques...This book is well produced and is a very useful, practical reference guide for the lunar observer, whether beginner or advanced. This delightful volume should inspire a new generation to the study of the Moon, Earth's long term companion in space." - John McFarland, Contemporary Physics, June 2013