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Whether you’re interested in visiting Apollo landing sites or the locations of classic sci-fi movies, this is the tourist guide for you! This tourist guide has a twist – it is a guide to a whole different world, which you can visit from the comfort of your backyard with the aid of nothing more sophisticated than an inexpensive telescope. It tells you the best times to view the Moon, the most exciting sights to look out for, and the best equipment to use, allowing you to snap stunning photographs as well as view the sights with your own eyes.
Have you ever been inspired by stunning images from the Hubble telescope, or the magic of sci-fi special effects, only to look through a small backyard telescope at the disappointing white dot of a planet or faint blur of a galaxy? Yet the Moon is different. Seen through even a relatively cheap 'scope, it springs into life like a real place, with mountains and valleys and rugged craters. With a bit of imagination, you can even picture yourself as a sightseeing visitor there – which in a sense you are.
About the Author
Andrew May got his first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (1979), then went on to gain a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Manchester University. He did 4 years postdoctoral research at the universities of Groningen (NL) and Oxford. After a few years working for various software companies, he joined the Civil Service in 1991, and spent the next 20 years doing defense-related scientific research. Since 2011, Andrew has done some part-time consultancy in the same field, as well as freelance writing. His books published to date include Bloody British History: Somerset (History Press, 2012), Conspiracy History (Bretwalda Books, 2014), Pocket Giants: Isaac Newton (History Press, 2015), Pocket Giants: Albert Einstein (History Press, 2016) and Pseudoscience and Science Fiction (Springer, 2016). His next book will be Destination Mars: The Story of our Quest to Conquer the Red Planet from Icon Books (expected summer 2017).