BAA: British Astronomical Association(glossary entry)
The Lunar Section of the BAA is both one of the oldest and one of the most famous amateur organizations devoted to lunar observing. It is particularly noted for its long history of encouraging meticulous drawings at the eyepiece. The Lunar Section, prior to Apollo, had as director a long series of famous selenographers including Thomas Gwyn Elger, Walter Goodacre, T L MacDonald, Hugh Percy Wilkins, Ewen Whitaker, Gilbert Fielder, Brian Warner, and Patrick Moore. All of these (except Warner) have written books about the Moon and the first four have lunar craters named in their honor.
- Lunar Section website.
- Back issues of the BAA's Journal, containing many articles of historic interest, are not reliably indexed on NASA's ADS system, but are mostly on-line and can be read by entering the volume number in links of the form (example is Volume 65 -- Volumes 16-32 do not appear to be available as of December 2010):
- Specific pages can also be displayed with links of the form (example is page 80 of Volume 48):
- Note that un-indexed pages in many other journals in the NASA ADS database can be accessed by generating links to thumbnail pages using the style of URL shown above.
- Memoirs of the BAA (a different publication) can be accessed with links of the form (the example being a page in Volume 32, but not page the page it may appear since the numbers are recycled in each part of the Memoirs):
- In the Memoirs, lunar observations are found in the sporadic "Reports of the Lunar Section":
- Observations related to the Moon also appear in the Lunar Section's own publications, which currently include the Lunar Section Circular and The New Moon.