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Vol 49, No 9, Sep 2012 - Lunar Section

Vol 49, No 9, Sep 2012 - Lunar Section

Vol 49, No 9, Sep 2012 - Lunar

The British Astronomical Association Lunar Section Circular Circular Vol. 49 No. 9 September 2012 Director: Bill Leatherbarrow Editor: Peter Grego From the Director I fear I must begin this month’s column with some sad news. I have recently been informed of the death of John Pedler, whom many members will remember as a long-time supporter and willing contributor to the work of the BAA Lunar Section. As well as being a fine observer in his own right, John also served as an assistant to the Director for many years. He also was a very effective Editor of the Lunar Section Circular; indeed, before handing over to Peter Grego in 2009, he had carried out the task for ten years. It was also characteristic of John that, although he had already indicated his desire to step down, he continued to produce the Circular during the transition period following my appointment as Director. He will be sorely missed and I have written to his family expressing our condolences. It is some time now since we reviewed the Section observing programme (available for download from the Section website at: http://www.baalunarsection.org.uk). Things have moved on dramatically since the current programme came into effect, and there are now many more tools and opportunities available to the amateur wishing to carrying out systematic study of our satellite. For example, the LROC Quickmap (http://target.lroc.asu.edu/da/qmap.html) offers a suite of tools for in-depth study of lunar topography that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, and I would like our revised programme to provide guidance on how to get the best from these and similar tools. There have also been developments in our TLP and occultation work that are not reflected in the current programme. So we shall undertake a full revision over the next few months, balancing the best of traditional observational approaches with opportunities offered by the new datasets. Meanwhile, I would urge members to contact me with any suggestions they may have as to what should be included in a revised observing programme. Finally, editorial work is in progress on the second issue of the Section bulletin, The Moon: Notes and Records of the BAA Lunar Section. We hope to publish later in the year, and I am sure that you will find the contents varied and interesting! Bill Leatherbarrow Director, BAA Lunar Section

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