Lunar Observing Resource Guides

Our Moon, when viewed thru the eyepiece of a telescope shows us a great variety of surface detail. Besides the many craters of all sizes and complexity there are mare, mountains, rilles, and small domes spread across the surface. Under a changing illumination these features take a different view in the eyepiece.

Guidebooks and maps are well worth it when locating and identify these named features. Any of the variety of references here will be of great value to assist a Lunar Observer with that task. Not an exhaustive list of all resources, rather a good material to start with. Each resource type is separated into one of six category type. You’ll notice the majority of the resources are Internet available, with the exception of the first two categories.
Lunar Resources

Books

The Moon – Peter Grego
The Modern Moon – Charles Wood

Maps and Atlas

Rukl’s Atlas of the Moon – Rukl
Sky & Telescope Field Map of the Moon – Reverse and Nonreverse
The Lunar 100 – Sky & Telescope – Charles Wood

Online magazines

ALPO The Lunar Observer – http://moon.scopesandscapes.com/ALPO_Lunar_Program.htm

GLR (Geologic Lunar Research Group)  Selenology Today –   http://digilander.libero.it/glrgroup/

Online maps and places

Observing the Lunar 100 – http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org/downloads/OTL100.pdf
Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Moon – http://www.shallowsky.com/moon/hitchhiker.html

Moon Atlas – http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Lunar+Maps

Lunar Picture of the Day – http://www2.lpod.org/wiki/
Group –  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lunar-observing/
Wiki Moon – http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Introduction
Eclipse – http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

Organizations with a Lunar Section

ALPO –  http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/

Software

Virtual Moon Atlas (VMA) free –  http://ap-i.net/avl/en/start
Lunar Terminator Visualization Tool (LTVT) free – http://ltvt.wikispaces.com/LTVT
Lunar Map Pro commercial – http://www.riti.com/prodserv_lunarmappro.htm

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