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The first photographic lunar atlas to show the Moon as it appears through SCTs - the world's most popular telescopes!
Features the superb photographs from the original Hatfield Lunar Atlas
Detailed key maps for every photograph identify lunar features
Inset IAU-standard photographs, to help users learn to identify features on conventional Moon maps
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"This book was the last and posthumous work of the noted British amateur astronomer ... . the observer can study the moon with the eyepiece in one hand and the lunar atlas in the other, matching the part of the moon observed with the photographs and maps in the other. It is an effective, fast way of learning the Moon. ... an amateur’s introduction to the magic of lunar observing, this is perfect and experienced observers will enjoy the photographs and maps just as much." (Brian Harvey, Astronomy and Space, August, 2006)
"The Hatfield SCT Lunar Atlas was developed specifically to help amateur observers locate the objects they observe ... . The atlas is divided into 16 sections, each of which contains a map and photographic plates showing the Moon at different ‘ages’ and lighting conditions. There is also an index of named formations, complete with map references and latitude/longitude figures. ... This is a relatively simple book ... will be of great interest to any serious telescopic observers of the Moon." (International Space Review, 2006)
"In the late 1990s Henry gave his permission for the British Astronomical Association to republish the atlas ... . The result was a modern and very readable lunar atlas that, just like the original, showed the Moon exactly as it would appear through a beginner’s telescope, at each lunar phase. The strength of the atlas has always been that it shows the Moon clearly ... . The Hatfield SCT Lunar Atlas is as valuable to beginners as it has ever been." (Martin Mobberley, Astronomy Now, 2006)
"This book takes a classic work and brings it up to date for the modern observer. ... For those just starting out, this atlas can be picked up, opened and used to find the crater that is being seen through the telescope. More experienced observers can also use it to identify those small features. Those who have ... to make the investment in an instrument may wish to study the surface enabling a faster identification of topographical features." (AlanWells, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 116 (1), 2006)From the Back Cover:
In a major publishing event for lunar observers, the justly famous Hatfield atlas is updated in even more usable form. This version of Hatfield’s classic atlas solves the problem of mirror images, making identification of left-right reversed imaged lunar features both quick and easy. SCT and Maksutov telescopes – which of course include the best-selling models from Meade and Celestron – reverse the visual image left to right. Thus it is extremely difficult to identify lunar features at the eyepiece of one of the instruments using a conventional Moon atlas, as the human brain does not cope well when trying to compare the real thing with a map that is a mirror image of it. Now this issue has at last been solved.
In this atlas the Moon’s surface is shown at various sun angles, and inset keys show the effects of optical librations. Smaller non-mirrored reference images are also included to make it simple to compare the mirrored SCT plates and maps with those that appear in other atlases. This edition still uses the original photographs taken by Commander Henry Hatfield using his 12-inch reflector, but they have been digitally re-mastered to reveal significantly more lunar surface detail. The key maps, on which lunar features can be readily identified, have been reversed and updated but retain the style and clarity that made the original a standard bearer in the field.
A new chapter on modern lunar observing techniques has been added to show amateur astronomers just how many interesting lunar observing projects they can still participate in. Computer-generated sunrise and sunset visualizations of many interesting selected areas have been included, to encourage astronomers to study and learn about the topographic appearance of the lunar surface near the morning and evening terminators. This welcome second edition brings a trove of new resources while still retaining the comprehensive appeal of the original.
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