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Astronomy now November 2008

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anyone else got theirs yet? got mine today and it's a visual astronomy special.

very nice and unique style to the monthly guide, it looks handwritten with little notes like next to jupiter in one of the bits is " may try to spot jupiter's GRS tonight"

looks great and theres a big section one sketching the moon and deep sky stuff.

very ace.

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I bought it last month and really enjoyed it. I've just started a subscription to the S@N which I'm thinking of swapping to Astronomy Now. I'll compare the two this month and make a decision...

Cheers

Jon

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I bought my first two astronomy mags last month. I dont really have time to read any more than I do, but I was on holiday...

The american one was, erm, sky and telescope i think, and there was a useful article by Jerry Lodspellingescapesme about dslr photography.

The BBC mag was I thought, geared to the newbie, with dumbed down writing, but it was a newcomer to astronomy special issue.

I tend to prefer articles that go into the why's and wherefore's in some detail really. Not sure if or which astro mag I might subscribe to yet, gonna get the 3 free issues of S@N though.

Cheers

TJ

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I bought the November copy this afternoon intrigued by this post. It's very good. I like the article about sketching, and the pages on the sky in October. The articles seem to give more information on a topic that the S@N does, though S@N has good beginners articles and there's of course the Sky at Night video.

I have to decide which subscription to go for, mini-miny-mo, which one do I go for :scratch: ? I just wish S@N had articles that expanded more on a topic than it does at the moment.

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if you are looking for a more detailed astromag, then I cant help, and as far as I have read, none of the mags go in to any detail...they are in fact all dire in my view

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I giot an email saying that my elephants trunk nebula is in it this month, but being currently in the Ukraine it's hard to get a look!

Anyone see it?

Cheers

Rob

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It's in Rob and looks great. Congratulations on that.

I thought the visual thing was great, what a shame Neil Bone had to sour things in his introduction with his crass comments on imaging. I was going to post a seperate thread from home when I can quote him accurately. Think I still will to see if it's just me that has been riled.

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TJ, perhaps Practical Astronomer is the mag for you? It's mail order only but you can do it month by month. It's geared towards imaging and the articles are certainly more in-depth.

Russ

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Is that the AN that features a long article on visual work and sketching and shows silhouette of scope with camera equipment on cover?

Dave Cooke :?

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I giot an email saying that my elephants trunk nebula is in it this month, but being currently in the Ukraine it's hard to get a look!

Anyone see it?

Cheers

Rob

It's in Rob...right next to a big Sun piccie..

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Hi guys,

I currently subscribe to S@N magazine but have been thinking of switching to AN - for more indepth stuff. Seeing as I'm very into my sketching etc, will definetly have a look at this month's issue - cheers for the heads-up! :thumbright:

Stef

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neil bone...hmmm, there is something about him I dont like..I think

martinB, I would very much like to hear what he said about imaging....

He writes in S@N?...apart from that who is he?

Cheers Paul

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Meteor director of the BAA, and a really smart and very nice guy... that's who he is..

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if you are looking for a more detailed astromag, then I cant help, and as far as I have read, none of the mags go in to any detail...they are in fact all dire in my view

For imagers, Practical Astronomer is better than the "other two" IMHO.

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I just

I expect he is a nice guy. And possibly, oh I don't know...maybe a little tactless...?

i just read his article...

I'd better take the 5th amendment as to what I think... as an avid imager, it's a bit close to the "bone" for me

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I think Astronomy Now is the best one out of the news stand mags. It's got a lot of good information - and it's nice to SGL images in there on a regular basis. The comments on imaging in the November issue were a little controversial, but there's a whole post on that so I won't say anything else here.

For starting out S@N is probably the best one but then a move AN will satisfy an increasing appetite. The professional scientists - or enthusiastic undergrads may not find AN particularly illuminating but for most others it's probably a good one to thumb through - and maybe even read! :):D

Sam

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i subscribe to both as i find that S@N is the best for introducing me to the whole idea of stuff and i find the night sky bit better for a beginner but i love AN for the articles etc.

both good

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I didn't enjoy the unique writing style in the monthly guide.

Cannot wait till they revert back to the old style.

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truly doc? i lvoed it, reminded me of sir pat moore's journal that someone posted pics of on here .

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Yes truly

I just couldn't get on with the style of text it was hard to read.

This is strange as I'm also very interested in genealogy and have read numerous text from the 17th century which is stylised very similar.

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