FAQ - Frequently Asked
What are the Label Options?
How big and detailed are you entire
Moon image maps?
You have complete control over the color
the feature labels.
You may overlay text labels of any
of the following lunar features:
- Craters and Sub-craters
- Mare (seas)
- Landing sites
- Catena (crater chains)
- Rima (rilles)
- Lacus (lakes)
- Mons (mountains)
- Dorsum (wrinkle ridges)
- Vallis (valleys)
- As well as Other features (Apollo landings, for example)
Very big- if printed full size at
screen reslution, they would be 30 inches (some almost a yard) across!
Compare that to a book that is 11 inches- we have 3 times the detail!
I have an Atlas already. How is this better than my Atlas?
Will it work with my telescope? What if I use a diagonal?
It is better for many
reasons. Here are just a few
- You control the
labeling. Too few, too many, wrong spot? Not here- its in your control!
- You can get instant
identification by clicking on the feature (even without labels
- We have 250,000 words on the Moon, you are certain to learn more interesting information with
- Lunar Discoverer can show the Moon in any
orientation- mirrored image, upside down, inside out. A book can't do
Depending on your telescope, you might have to turn an atlas
upside down, or try to flip right and left sides in your head - which
difficult, confusing, and frustrating. We spare you all that.
- We have large
photographic views of the entire Moon (some atlas use sketched
images, and most are under 10 inches to ft on a book page).
- Searchable database. No flipping between pages to find
Type the name and find the object instantly.
- We have thousands of closeup photographic images
- You get eyepiece views, with full magnification control,
to match how the Moon appears in your equipment. This is tremendously
important and helpful in locating where you are gazing among thousands
- Best of all, Lunar Discoverer actually costs less
than many paper atlases!
Yes, it can be used to give the view of
the Moon through ANY telescope or binocular!
What about SCTs (Schmidt-Cassegrain
With or without inverters and diagonals. It handles every case easily and flawlessly.
Yes, we can show the view oriented
exactly as it appears in your eyepiece.
Can I have South Up?
Yes. And East on the Right side or
left, depending on how it appears in your
equipment. All images are
automatically switched - even the hi-resolution closeups, so you never have to
wrack your brain trying to reverse images in your brain!
Will it Work in Southern Hemisphere?
No problem, mate! Absolutely.
Field of View
You can zoom in and out, enter your
telescope optical values and see the same field of view on the screen
that your eyepiece shows- very helpful in the very busy areas of the
Moon where you can get 'lost' in the crater fields!
Can it be used to control my telescope?
No, not in this version, but it may in
the near future.
I'm New to Astronomy. Will this be
over my head?
Our goal was to focus on being
educational and non-intimidating. The text is appropriate for
middle school aged students. There is an online Guide and
explains the many terms used in lunar observing. There is also a guide
the basics of telescopes.
Can I show just some craters instead of all?
As you sit at home with Lunar Discoverer,
you'll find yourself becoming more knowledgeable and more comfortable
at star parties.
Yes. You can make up a custom list of any kind of lunar object, save them
in a text file, and use the Open List
to just display those items. You can even mix and match any type, for
example, only the Apollo spacecraft, instead of all lunar landers. This
useful to limit label clutter in areas where many feaures are close to
one another. See the manual for more
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