There they are, the three pioneers of selenography
, except it was pretty much winner-take-all for Riccioli.
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.
The title of the tetralogy is taken from an old selenography
of astronomer-astrologers in Kepler's age11, where "the Sea of Fertility" was the name of the great plain in the centre of the lunar globe, which today we know is an endless desert.
A local artist sketched the phases of the eclipse for a selenography
(Moon mapping) project, which would enable astronomers to indicate the exact portion of the lunar disk covered by Earth's shadow and improve accuracy of longitude measurements.
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'.
The guides all have picked a specialty, such as selenography
, photometry of variable stars, and archaeoastronomy, and look forward to having the resources and time to delve deeply and share their knowledge with visitors.
11) Adding details to photographs is a mapping technique borrowed from classical selenography
, developed by Bavarian draftsman and amateur astronomer Johann N.
This same view was expressed in 1905 by another German Moon-mapper, Phillip Fauth: as a student of the moon for the last 20 years, and as probably one of the few living investigators who have kept in practical touch with the results of selenography
, he [Fauth] is bound to express his conviction that no eye has ever seen a physical change in the plastic features of the moon's surface.
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.
Thomas Dobbins, a frequent contributor to this magazine, has recently coauthored with William Sheehan a forthcoming book on the history of selenography
Bill Leatherbarrow: 'The Amateur's Moon: British selenography
and the BAA Lunar Section.