Atlas of the Moon: Revised, Updated Edition
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Antonin Rukl's cartography - nay, his artwork - in this volume brings the lunar surface to life in ways that no photographic atlas possibly can. Lunar photographs are too dependent on the light angles at the moment of imaging, whereas Rukl's drawings capture every nuance of the surface, leaving nothing lost in shadow. And besides, Rukl's maps are BEAUTIFUL!!!
I just took it out with me for the first time this evening for a night of lunar observation. I was concentrating on the area around the crater Clavius, and this atlas was indispensable in helping to make sense out of the impossibly complex jumble of detail visible in one's eyepiece. I can foresee this book being my indispensable companion on future lunar explorations.
If you are the least bit interested in observing the Moon for yourself, then get a copy of this atlas before they're all gone. (They're not making any more.) Don't worry about the condition. I almost wish that my copy was a bit more beaten up. It would make it easier for me to mark it up with my own notes, which I really want to do. I may have to buy a second copy in worse shape!
I bought the 1st edition hardcover for over $115 in Very Good condition and another copy in Good condition for $48.These prices to me are a lot of money for a Moon Atlas but the Rukl Moon Atlas is no ordinary Moon Atlas. The price skyrocketed as they are the BEST, out of print and hard to find at a reasonable price. Part of the reason I bought them is as an investment to pass down to my 2 children. I expect the price to go up more on this beautiful Moon Atlas.
Ill use the Rukl moon Atlas time and time again as I view the moon, always treasure it but keep it away from food, drink, smoke and animals.
Antonin Rukl was the director of the Prague Planetarium. He obviously was a master at hand drawing the moon. So detailed its incredible. Also so much moon information and info about moon flights and history of the people various craters named after. This Atlas has it all. The first edition is 224 pages, extremely well written and richly illustrated with hand drawings and photos.Atlas is on good quality paper. Should last a long time.
If you like viewing the Moon or want detailed info on it this is the atlas to get. Plus INMO because of the quality and scarcity of this out of print Moon Atlas the price will continue to go up. Buy one in good shape and enjoy using it. Keep it in good condition and you will have a good investment too.
-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. So did I, until I decided to join in and enjoy what I couldn't change (the moon is also less subject to the many vagarities of astronomical seeing). This is a superb book to use with either a small or a large telescope and the rich artwork will add to your enjoyment of one of our most beautiful astronomical companions. May the moon brightly "light up" your observing.