BAA Lunar Section
Dedicated to amateur research and observation of the Moon
The New Moon journal (1983-2010)
Editor: Peter Grego / Editorial email: email@example.com
The New Moon's final issue was that of Vol 19, 2010. In 2011 the publication was replaced by The Moon: Notes and Records of the Lunar Section.
The New Moon (TNM), a magazine of lunar topographical studies, was produced by the Topographical Sub-section of the Lunar Section of the British Astronomical Association between 1982 and 2010. It contained articles about the Moon and its observation and features lunar images and observational drawings.
TNM is now to be replaced by The Moon: Notes and Records of the Lunar Section in 2011.
The first issue of TNM was published in May 1982. The magazines aims were outlined in the first editorial by Denis Buczynski, who wrote: The appearance of this magazine is the culmination of much pressure over many years by various members of the Lunar Section who wished to see the return of a publication devoted to the study of lunar topography, much in the style of the 1950-60s Section publication The Moon. The old publication was a vehicle for observers to publish in detail and at regular intervals their observations, drawings and thoughts on matters lunar. The Section at the period of Apollo decided to replace the old publication with the Lunar Section Circular which still survives today. The Section Circular is a vital link with Section members, and encompasses all aspects of lunar studies, but is neither large enough nor well suited enough to the type of publication needs of the topographic sub-section. The biggest problem has been the reproduction of observers drawings in the Circular a well as the space required for detailed articles, etc. This new magazine will hopefully fulfill all these requirements.
TNMs first issue contained a real gem an illustrated article on drawing the Moon by the 'legendary Leslie Ball, one of the old school of lunar observers whose roots lay firmly embedded in the impressive selenographic foundations established by the likes of Edmund Nevill (Neison), Thomas Elger and Walter Goodacre during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Over the years, fascinating articles by such noteworthy lunar experts as Sir Patrick Moore and Richard Baum, along with observations by the likes of Harold Hill, Chuck Wood, Colin Ebdon, Nigel Longshaw and Grahame Wheatley, all helped make TNM a highly respected publication worldwide.