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Welcome to Moon

Welcome to Moon

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R.B. Kelsey's slim (112 page) book is a great way to become introduced to the landscape of our nearest celestial neighbor. Through 12 "expeditions," he slowly goes through the varied and increasing illumination from a 3-day old Moon to its full phase.

For readers just beginning to observe with a telescope, the most important sections of the book will be chapters 1 and 2. Kelsey starts at the very beginning, aligning the finder scope, then reminds the reader to start slow and "Read the manual" before attempting a night's activities.

And, then, it's off to the Moon! Each section shows sketches of relevant surface features, and gives a little information about them. For example, "(Crater) Petavius's walls have been damaged by other impacts, and under some light angles you can see rilles in its floor, indicating lava flows." Each section has a "Lunar History," explaining how features were probably formed, why we went to the landing sites we did, or how differing eyepieces change the view of the relevant landscape. Kelsey uses a format similar to an amateur astronomer's "star-hopping," starting at an easy-to-find feature and moving around with respect to that point to find other areas of importance.

Naturegraph Publishers