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#1 Rick Woods

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:04 AM

A couple of days ago, in the "S&T Topographic Moon Globe" thread, Sean (swalker) dropped this little bombshell:

BTW, for globe fans, we are releasing an updated version of our previously discontinued Topographical Mars Globe, coming in a month or two.

I love working on these globes...



To me, this is big news and very welcome. I thought I'd give it its own thread so everyone is sure to see it! I wonder what the updates will be?

Thanks, Sean, and everyone else involved in bringing this back.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:56 AM

well I'll spoil the surprise and tell you the only additions are the positions of the recent mars missions (spirit, opportunity, phoenix, and curiosity) plus fix the few errors on the earlier one if there was any.
The proof we just got it looks much more vivid than the older version, I hope it translates that way to the final product.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

:waytogo: For me, it's a must-have, I can hardly wait! :grin:

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:52 PM

*pant pant pant*

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:47 AM

I reckon I'm going to have to look into getting one. They do look cool.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:41 AM

Looks like I'll have to put in an EOY budget request / purchase for some new globes for my courses.

Sean, when is a Mercury Globe coming?

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

Not for a while; we're still awaiting the final (actually first complete) map from the MESSENGER team. Then the fun starts.

Still hoping the approve my proposal for a crater name...

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:56 AM

Not for a while; we're still awaiting the final (actually first complete) map from the MESSENGER team. Then the fun starts.

Still hoping the approve my proposal for a crater name...


The Grad Students are working hard on finalizing the first-run images. Shouldn't be too long now.

A large bunch of proposals for crater names, I even submitted one, so that will take some time.

Now,... here's MY proposal to Sky & Telescope:

How about 4 rocky-planet globes, to size scale. Would make a great resource for classroom teaching. e.g. Mercury about 5 inches, Venus and Earth about 12 inches, and Mars about 7 inches. Run that past Bob.

Cheers,

Jerry

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:07 PM

Still hoping the approve my proposal for a crater name...


What's your proposal? (Drum roll...)

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

I'd rather not say Rick; but it's an American artist who came to prominence in the mid-20th century.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:38 AM

I hope it's Bonestell!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:20 AM

He already has a crater that bears his name on Mars. My proposal has nothing to do with astronomy.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:22 PM

They'll be ready soon Rick. Here they are with Mary Lou during assembly:

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

Reety all righty!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:51 PM

Ooooooooo!!! :grin: I just received the new 3rd edition regular Mars globe -- love it! :love: -- and can hardly wait to order this topo version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grin: :yay:
---Maya

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:19 PM

Maya, I'd love to see a group picture of all your globes!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:19 PM

:grin: I'll try that when I get the new Mars topo globe to compare with the new 3rd ed. regular Mars globe and an older one I have (which I don't know if it's a 2nd or 1st ed. Mars globe), plus the old moon globe I have (now I'm considering getting one of the new moon globes too) and the new topo moon globe and Venus globe -- I've gone globe-crazy! :lol:

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 02:36 PM

They should be available in the next week or so.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 03:02 PM

AWESOME!!!!!!!! :grin:

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:58 PM

Ooooooooo!!! :grin: I just received the new 3rd edition regular Mars globe -- love it! :love: -- and can hardly wait to order this topo version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grin: :yay:
---Maya


There's a third edition? I was under the impression that the current Mars globe is the second edition (mainly because that's what the booklet that came with it said.)

Sean,
Next week - great! Will they be on the S&T web site right away? If so I'll keep my eye peeled and check every day.


PS: What a tease! :p

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:21 AM

For me, I really got into Mars Topo when I discovered the 3D surface modeling software VISTAPRO. Then, I no longer was interested in the topographic maps, because, I could see the topography first-hand in only a few moments of rendering:

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:39 PM

Not for a while; we're still awaiting the final (actually first complete) map from the MESSENGER team. Then the fun starts.

Still hoping the approve my proposal for a crater name...


The Grad Students are working hard on finalizing the first-run images. Shouldn't be too long now.

A large bunch of proposals for crater names, I even submitted one, so that will take some time.

Now,... here's MY proposal to Sky & Telescope:

How about 4 rocky-planet globes, to size scale. Would make a great resource for classroom teaching. e.g. Mercury about 5 inches, Venus and Earth about 12 inches, and Mars about 7 inches. Run that past Bob.

Cheers,

Jerry

G.O.Dobek, FRAS


A great idea, but it would add to the cost of 3 different size tools. Much easier to use the same tool and molds, just new printing. Plus smaller globes implies less detail nd/or smaller print which is harder to read.

They may do it (perhaps both versions), but the smaller ones would likely cost more due to the unique toolingmolds, and most likely lower sales (many would prefer te larger easier to read versions).

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 01:44 PM

There's a third edition? I was under the impression that the current Mars globe is the second edition (mainly because that's what the booklet that came with it said.)


Rick, the globe/booklet I just received says "Sky & Telescope's Mars Globe, 3rd Edition" on the front cover and also on the inside of the front cover. The copyright is 2011. I don't know what the differences are in appearance between this edition and the 2nd edition. My older globe looks completely different though in much lighter sepia tones and less photographic. I'll eventually take a pic of the older one.
Here's a pic of both the old Mars globe and old Moon globe in the observatory (I just ordered the new photographic Moon globe also)...

For me, I really got into Mars Topo when I discovered the 3D surface modeling software VISTAPRO. Then, I no longer was interested in the topographic maps, because, I could see the topography first-hand in only a few moments of rendering:


David -- Looks like you're really there! VistaPro looks like a fun terrain generator with atmosphere effects...I may look into that one. :)

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:57 AM

Well, I guess S&T doesn't keep me apprised of these things, go figure! I sort of liked the coloration of the first edition better.

First thing Monday morning, I'm calling S&T and if it's possible to order (or pre-order) the Mars Topo globe, I'm plunking my hard-earned shekels on the spot!

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:43 AM

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