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Keith Cooper

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  1. Hi Olly, I don't think that's accurate. Magazines are printed at 300dpi, which is usually much higher than standard computer screen resolution. Though it's not really much of a problem these days as the image files submitted to us are usually large enough. If you're not sure, check in the settings on the software you're using, how large, in cm/inches, your image will appear at 300dpi. This is why, going back even 10 years ago, many images were presented small in the magazine, because at 300dpi they would not have been that large, and printing them larger would see them lose detail and become a
  2. It's been interesting reading this – and I do hear you when you say it's harder for beginners or those with less expensive kit to compete with someone using a 20-inch robotic telescope in Spain or somewhere. I understand that. There's no real magic formula to how we chose the images each month. We just collect them all together and choose which ones we like the most! The choices are made irrespective of where or how they've been taken, really we're just looking for aesthetic and technical qualities. That said, we do try to get good variety each month so that they're not all deep-sky image
  3. Jason Wright at Penn State has some salient points to make about this: https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2019/01/21/oumuamua-seti-and-the-media/
  4. I've just seen this thread, and thought that I ought to reply. First, I should apologise to anyone who sent me an email about a mistake in the magazine who I didn't reply to. I try to respond to everyone when I can, but sometimes life and work gets in the way and so I'm not able to find time to respond to everybody. I am greatly disappointed that I seem to have made factual mistakes in the magazine, and I look back on my own performance in that particular October issue and it wasn't the best. In my defence I was moving house and all the stress that comes with that, as well as dealing
  5. From what I understand (bearing in mind I don't set the prices) the reason is that exchange rates can fluctuate so we just have a set price in pounds (otherwise if the pound were to weaken too much we'd end up selling subs at a loss). If I order something from mainland Europe I'll have to pay whatever that is in euros, not pounds, and I'm at the mercy of the exchange rates. It's the same thing. But £40 is still a good deal I think. Yes, of course we would refund the difference. Although anyone entering the store from the AN homepage will get a choice of which storefront to go to: UK, Europe o
  6. We only have one (UK) subscription price: that's £35. Europe is £40 and rest of the world is £50. Those sites that you link to are not associated with Astronomy Now as far as I am aware. I suspect they simply buy subscriptions and sell them on at a price to make themselves a profit. Many other magazines of all kinds do seem to have a bewildering amount of introductory offers and prices; the cynic in me suggests this a strategy to simply boost reader numbers over short periods to improve ABC figures (not that I can complain - I've taken out magazine subscriptions in the past by taking advantage
  7. As Daz says, the auditorium facilities are key. The lecture facilities at the three venues mentioned by Kharga above are too small judging by what they say on their websites – the hall at Kensington can hold almost 900 people. The organisers have looked all over London but tell me that they haven't been able to find a venue that has an auditorium of equal size, plus more exhibition space, and which is affordable. So we stay at Kensington which, although it does get cramped, still has a lot of plus points. So, why not move out of London? Personally I'd be really excited to have a second AstroFe
  8. Hi Stuart, Subscribers' copies went out last week, so you should have received your copy of the December issue by now, so it sounds like it may have got lost somewhere. If you want to contact our subscriptions department we'll be happy to send a replacement copy to you. Apologies for you not receiving your magazine. Thanks for reading Astronomy Now! Kind regards, Keith Cooper, AN Editor
  9. If it is the case that they have found arsenic-based life in Mono Lake (and Paul's story in the Sun is just supposition, although I think he may be on the right lines) then it is hugely important. Felisa Wolfe-Simon has for several years now been searching Mono Lake near Yosemite for a strange type of microbial lifeform – one that thrives in arsenic. Her research is funded by NASA. Mono Lake is rich in arsenic, so it is a good environment to look for such life in. 'Normal' life (such as ourselves) is carbon-based, but in science fiction carbon is often substituted for silicon as a different
  10. It's a nice idea Olly, although in Astronomy Now we're a bit tight for space to feature too many images in the gallery as a full page. However I'll discuss it with the designer, as full page pictures do look really nice. I kind of wanted to do something like that for our picture of the month on the back page, but it hasn't quite worked out like that. The other problem is that some of the pictures we get sent in aren't always at print resolution, at least not sufficient for a full page, so we're sometimes forced to feature them smaller than I'd prefer. I always try and encourage people to send
  11. I hear what you're saying about dark matter, but in the scientific paper the team put together they say that the total stellar mass of the outer arms is around 15 billion solar masses, which is about a quarter of the total mass of all the stars in M94. I can't recall the exact figures off the top of my head but our Milky Way is even bigger and has at least 250 billion solar masses worth of stars, and about three times as much dark matter in the halo, if not more. It's roughly the same ratio in other spiral galaxies, so this extra outer disc in M94 actually doesn't make that big a dent in its t
  12. Just to clarify the situation for everyone, Telescope House's parent company BC&F will be at AstroFest representing Meade and supporting the many Meade retailers that will be at the show. We've never actually advertised Telescope House as attending AstroFest this year, so it is actually incorrect to state that they've dropped out, as we've never said they were going to attend in the first place. What we do have this year are 27 dealers, including 17 equipment dealers, and we've also added two new companies this year in the shape of Opticron and Astronomia. So there are no empty spaces at t
  13. Dunno about A-P, Televue etc, I'll have to ask and find out. Regarding the speakers, I suspect most of them have been asked; I agree someone like Adam or Robert Gendler would be superb to have over, I'll suggest them to Ian Ridpath. Funnily enough, the Town Hall changed its name a few years back to Kensington Conference and Events Centre, which I guess sounds a little more impressive and less parochial. I think they have some quite large diplomatic functions there, as there are some embassies nearby, so it does cater to events internationally.
  14. Well, all I can do is pass everyone's comments on to the organisers, which I will be sure to do, but I just want to address this bit. I think you've misunderstood what I said. I was talking about helping to persuade guest speakers from the US and elsewhere to come to AstroFest, not visitors in general. The only American visitor that I met at AstroFest was Noel Carboni. There were two gentleman from Sweden, someone from Latvia, and someone from Finland that I also met. The vast majority were from the UK and of course UK astronomers are our priority. I've always made it very clear when making As
  15. Hi everyone, First, I hope everyone who went to AstroFest enjoyed it. Speaking to Ian Ridpath, he said that the Friday lectures were even better attended than usual, and Saturday was full as it always is, so it seems to have been a great success. Being stuck on the AN stand I didn't get to hear many of the talks, but from what I have been told they were pretty good too. And most of all, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the AN stand and said hello or bought a subscription, and also thank you very much for all the compliments about the magazine. As for the venue... it is ok saying why
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