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May 11, 2012 > Moonwalk with Your Eyes: A Pocket Field Guide

Moonwalk with Your Eyes: A Pocket Field Guide

A book review by Robert A. Garfinkle

If the weather cooperates, the Moon is there for you gaze upon. But if you have never looked at our closest extraterrestrial neighbor through a telescope, a fascinating world awaits. Amateur astronomer Tammy Plotner guides readers on a visual journey to learn - in a very non-technical, entry-level manner - what can be seen on the Moon. She also explains how the Moon moves through our night and daytime skies.

The book is divided into a chapter for each day of a lunation cycle (from new moon to full and back to new moon). The author takes you for a daily "moonwalk" through a lunation, stopping along the way to learn about what is observed. The last eight chapters are handy tables of the Moon's phases, time conversion charts, and a lunar log journal to document features examined.

Since there is nothing to see from Earth on the first day of a new lunation (new moon), the author uses this time to provide tips on purchasing binoculars and/or telescopes. Plotner explains types of telescopes and eyepieces, and notes advantages and disadvantages of each popular design. The book contains numerous annotated amateur and spacecraft images that clearly depict pertinent observations through the telescope.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this guide to observing the Moon and highly recommend it to anyone interested learning about our celestial companion. You will have hours of enjoyment as this book reveals the Moon to your eyes.

Moonwalk with Your Eyes: A Pocket Field Guide, by Tammy Plotner, 2010 Pp 360, $34.95, paperback, New York: Springer (ISBN 978-1-4419-0645-8)

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