Lunar Viewing

  • Philip Pugh
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


“We know all about the Moon, don’t we? People have set foot on it, and spacecraft have mapped anything larger than a pebble.”

“Why are you going to photograph the Moon? You can just look it up on the Internet and see a picture of it there.”

“I hate the Moon. It drowns out all the interesting deep sky objects, so I may as well stay indoors.”

All of these arguments have been put forward as reasons not to look at the Moon. You may even have some sympathy for some of the points. It is apparently true that the chances of a great amateur discovery happening because someone was looking at the Moon seem pretty much zero, but why do amateurs look into space at all? Are we all envious of research scientists? Is there anything actually wrong with just looking at the Moon, or anything else for that matter, and simply admiring the view?


Lunar Surface Lunar Crater Small Telescope Amateur Astronomer Lunar Limb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Pugh
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  1. 1.Institute of Technical and Scientific CommunicatorsChippenhemUK

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