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#1 davidpitre

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

Though the going price fluctuates, "Visual Astronomy of the Deep Sky" by Roger N. Clark often can not be had for less than $100. I sold mine on Astromart a couple of years ago for close to $200. on Auction. I thought I'd point out that there are numerous copies on sale at Amazon for less than $50. now. The cheapest is $37. I've never seen it that low. If you've been holding out, now is a good time.
Though some aspects of the book are much better than others, his discussion of optimum detection magnifications is seminal.

#2 davidpitre

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

Sorry. I couldn't resist. I bought the $37. copy. Still several available for less than $50.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:32 PM

I just bought one for $37 also, $41 with shipping... Came in looking new!

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:28 AM

I found his website. All of the salient points in that book seem to be there, free for the taking.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

I think his website is confusing, the book is better in that regard.

#6 BobinKy

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

Here is Roger Clark's webpage on his book: http://www.clarkvisi...stro/index.html

and his home page: www.clarkvision.com -- his photography is great.

#7 Puck Ja

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

I just picked up this book at my local lib by chance. After flipping a few pages, I was just totally captured by its philosophy on the value of visual work. It is a great guide for people are interesting in visual and sketching. On thing that hits me in the book was that he mention our eye response to different details as we use different mag. to view the object. It was so true to what I learned recently by sitting in a Computer Vision class. :)

... and my take-away lesson is: need to buy more EP. :lol:

#8 Puck Ja

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

... and its used price at Amazon now became $150.

Never seen a better investment like this for people who pick it up with $50. :)

#9 Darren Bly

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

Sold mine on Astromart for $275 and then found one at a Goodwill for $2. I still have that one. :grin:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

After reading this thread a couple of days ago, I checked on bookfinder.com. The least expensive available anywhere was $150!
It would seem that the renewed interest generated by this discussion, coupled with the searches that followed, temporarily bumped the prices on the open market.
Checked again today, and the price is a more realistic $50 new.
I just picked one up at that price. :cool:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

It's well worth $50. Don't think I'd pay $150 for it though.

#12 rockethead26

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

The only ~$50 ones on Bookfinder.com are used now.

#13 RocketScientist

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

I wish I could find a copy of "Atlas of the Lunar Terminator" that cheaply (under $50).

On the other hand, after literally complaining to myself for years about the high price of Byrne's "Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon" (usually around $80 - 100 in paperback), I stumbled on a hardcover copy for $49 that is essentially new. I rarely see this book in hardcover at any price.

How many of you out there have one or more astro books that you would buy if the price would just drop a bit?

#14 rookie

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:16 PM

Something similar:

New Atlas of the Moon

It's currently out of print. A wonderful book of the lunar terminator for the entire lunar cycle.

#15 DavidNealMinnick

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

How many of you out there have one or more astro books that you would buy if the price would just drop a bit?


I think the only book I lack is a new copy of, is this.

I seem to remember the price at around $75 when published, which I thought too much at the time. :bawling:






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