January 15, 2013
Another Boxing Day
image by Konstantinos, Kifisia, Greece
This lovely image of a beautiful Moonset and city lights as seen from an altitude of 440m above sea is perfect for me tonight. I am packing up and getting ready to mail tomorrow 16 more copies of the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon. This will complete mailing of 214 copies of the Atlas, all that have been ordered so far. Reception of the Atlas has been very positive. Here are lovely comments from Bob O'Connell of Florida: I immediately dove into the Introduction and it is a wonderful read which integrates numerous details into a coherent Big Picture with an enticing rational to get out and observe the Moon. I don't know if it was because I was tired, or the holiday time-of-year, but the passage on the book's most important audience being the "inquisitive public" (those who pick up sea shells and count the seconds following a flash of lightening) was emotional for me. Chuck and Maurice have captured in this brief passage what I have always struggled to communicate to folks who challenge me about why I bother observing the Moon and why they should. "We hope it will enchant you too". YES. Maintaining in adult-hood, a child-like sense of wonder about Nature, is a good thing. Many lunar atlases are dry and boring -- this Atlas engages the reader. Of course the image quality, the selection of features, the layout, spiral binding (yes!), coated pages (Florida humidity!) and content are all first rate. Bob's comments and others are now on an Atlas Praise page. Sadly, the Atlas has errors and there is a companion Atlas Corrections page. When the Moon hangs over your city I hope you will always look at it.
2013-01-14. Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L lens
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