Luna Cognita: A Comprehensive Observer's Handbook of the Known Moon (Hardback)
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Luna Cognita: A Comprehensive Observer's Handbook of the Known Moon (Hardback)

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Hardback 1680 Pages / Published: 08/02/2020
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All three volumes sold as a combined set for a one-time purchase!

This comprehensive three-volume set takes you on an incomparable journey of our closest celestial neighbor. Not since the golden age of 19th-century lunar guidebooks has one author managed to cover the Moon in such detail as this all-in-one handbook.

Volume 1 begins with a section on the Moon's place in human history, mythology and lore, before gravitating closer to the Moon itself through scientific sections on the Earth-Moon system, lunar motions and cycles. Following these are technical chapters on how to purchase, use and care for lunar observing and photography equipment. Techniques for observing the Moon (both with the naked eye and optical instruments) are detailed as the reader approaches the Moon's surface on this visual tour-de-force.

A close-up exploration of the Moon is the result. The "crater-hop" chapters in Volumes 1 and 2 discuss the physical aspects of the Moon's features, offering brief biographical information on the person for whom the feature is named, as well as how each individual was involved in the development of science and selenography from ancient to modern times. Volume 3 contains a plethora of useful appendices that cover a range of topics, from catalogues of lunar features such as nearside lunar domes to a comprehensive list of publishers and observing organizations.

Luna Cognita goes far beyond any recent work in both breadth and depth of coverage on the Moon. Written in an accessible, engaging manner for readers of all backgrounds and levels of expertise, this handbook is thus an invaluable resource for anybody who looks up at the glowing sphere in the night sky and wants to learn more about the "Known Moon."

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781493916634
Number of pages: 1680
Weight: 5993 g
Dimensions: 279 x 210 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2020


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"Everything about these volumes demonstrates the most meticulous attention to detail, arrangement, editing and proof-reading. In strongly recommending Lun Cognita to the reader, I warmly congratulate both author and publisher in having brought us an affordable and truly monumental lunar encyclopaedia." (Richard McKim, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 130 (5), 2020)
"This is a work that should be acquired by everyone interested in our Moon, and Robert Garfinkle should be congratulated on an outstanding contribution to the literature on the subject." (Bill LeatherBarrow, The Observatory, Vol. 140 (1278), October, 2020)
"This wonderful set has something for every observer. ... Altogether, the set is beautifully published, with quality printing, good photos, and solid binding." (Nick Kanas, Sky & Telescope, December, 2020)
"Luna Cognita is a triumph of both Garfinkle's desire to spread his love of the Moon and Springer's ability to publish such a huge high-quality volume. Luna Cognita effectively folds lunar mystery and lore, science and statistics, facts and figures and observational data into one massive collection that more than fulfills a true selenophile's yearning to have everything Moon at their fingertips." (Robert Reeves, Journal of the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers, Vol. 62 (3), 2020)
"It is a comprehensive guide in three volumes, the type of which has not been published in such length for years. ... This is an astonishing piece of work, 30 years in the making: an exceptional book that the writer should be very proud of. FIVE STARS." (Katrin Raynor-Evans, BBC Sky at night magazine, March, 2020)

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I’ve been a keen amateur astronomer for the last 50 years with a serious interest in the moon. The comprehensive 3 volumes set give a really detailed coverage of up-to date scientific knowledge of the modern moon. It... More

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