In 2012 October the Director gave his Presidential Address on the subject of 'The amateur's Moon: British selenography
and the BAA Lunar Section', which was published in the 2013 June issue of the Journal.
This show, comprising more than thirty works spanning over a hundred and twenty years of selenography
, or photographs of the moon, demonstrated that here the scientific and the artistic converge, to fascinating effect.
Other papers included Richard McKim on 'Barker's Circle: a 1930's BAA lunar observing group'; Mohammed Mozafarri, on 'Historical Solar Annular Eclipses' (observed by astronomers from the middle-East during the mediaeval period); and our President, Bill Leatherbarrow, on 'The Amateur's Moon: British selenography
and the BAA Lunar Section'.
11) Adding details to photographs is a mapping technique borrowed from classical selenography
, developed by Bavarian draftsman and amateur astronomer Johann N.
Beginning his presentation at Astrofest in 2011, the American lunar scientist Chuck Wood paid fulsome tribute to the contribution made to the history of selenography
by the BAA Lunar Section, 'the longest-existing organisation that has actively promoted observation of the Moon.
Bill Leatherbarrow: 'The Amateur's Moon: British selenography
and the BAA Lunar Section.
The designations 'Webb's Furrow' and 'Webb's Elbow' reside in the selenography
of yesterday; 'recovery' of these features seems to have been hampered, at least in part, by scant descriptions in subsequent lunar literature which appear to have omitted precise information in relation to exact locations.
It is interesting to note at this point the apparent absence from the discussion of one of the most respected selenographers of the 19th century, Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt (1825-1884), whose Chart der Gebirge des Mondes, Berlin 1878, is generally regarded as the pinnacle of 19th century selenography
In terms of the history of classical selenography
Harold Hill's work is of immense importance.
It might be supposed,' he wrote, 'that traditional selenography
was all but redundant.
1) Morgan's article offers a detailed and interesting survey of Wilkins' life and a warm reappraisal of his contribution to selenography
, and it is not my intention to cover that same ground here or to revisit the events of Wilkins' life.
However by the time the book was published in 1895 Elger had been an attentive observer of the lunar surface since the late 1860s, and he kept extensive observing notes and drawings in a number of notebooks devoted to selenography