A classic Moon film from 1953

Astronomically-related chat

Moderators: Guy Fennimore, joe, Brian

Post Reply
Robin Scagell
Posts: 1058
Joined: Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:12 pm
Location: Flackwell Heath, Bucks, UK
Contact:

A classic Moon film from 1953

Post by Robin Scagell »

Some may know the name of H P Wilkins, a British amateur astronomer who made a definitive and highly detailed map of the Moon. Now British Pathe have released a short film they made about him, which you can see here:

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47513

Robin
brian livesey
Posts: 5625
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:05 am
Location: Lancashire
Contact:

Post by brian livesey »

It's the first time I've seen Wilkins without his spectacles. It seems that Nasa made some use of his 300-inch Moon Map.
I recall browsing through the map, in book form, at the local library in the 1960s.
brian
Ender Of Days
Posts: 201
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:00 pm
Location: north sheffield
Contact:

Post by Ender Of Days »

Good find :P
I found it hard to watch without a big smile on my face,yet was in awe of those big square maps,
Best thing Ive seen for a few days (tv and net)

JJ..
aint no speed limit where im comin from ..
lets hit the highway doing 69


ETX 125
Meade Series 4000 box set
LeoLion
Posts: 53
Joined: Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:08 pm
Location: Huddersfax , Yorkshire
Contact:

Post by LeoLion »

Thanks for that . Perhaps they might allow it on the S & N CD ? Apart from PM' s books from the Halifax Central Junior Library ( back in the 1950 s ) I greatly enjoyed H P Wilkin's "Instructions to Young Astronomers" . I have now purchased my own copy of the Wilkins book on a nostalgia trip.
Those were the days (lightwise) with the majority of rural roads unlit or only by gaslamps .
Len E
brian livesey
Posts: 5625
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:05 am
Location: Lancashire
Contact:

Post by brian livesey »

On inspection, the Wilkins map seemed limited to me. There was no texturing on the map, only lines and dots.
brian
Post Reply