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#1 Rick Woods

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:31 PM

My old buddy Bob hasn't posted for a long, long time. Has anyone heard from him?

#2 edwincjones

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:02 AM

I think that he had a recent post on BirdForum

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#3 TomCorbett

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

WOW . . . I never knew I was missed. I have taken some time away from Cloudy Nights--I lost my password. However, I decided to come back as Tom Corbett, a character in a 1950s sci-fi series: Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.

My reading and astro-book collecting has continued during my hiatus. Currently, I am collecting a few titles on archaeoastronomy, such as the books of E. C. Krupp, Clive Ruggles, Anthony F. Aveni, and others.

Anyone know any good books?


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:11 PM

Nice to have you back Bob! I'm finally reading E.E. Barnard's poignant biography, "The Immortal Fire Within", which I own because of your encouragement. It's really wonderful.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

Shirley...

I am glad you are reading "The Immortal Fire Within". A truly great biography about a great observer.

By the way, I thought of you a few weeks ago when I was particularly annoyed by a neighbor's light when I was observing in my back yard. I tip-toed back into the house and grabbed a quilt from the linen closet, draped it over a couple of lawn chairs, and blocked the annoying light quite well. I remember you posting some time back about your use of quilts for light panels. They do work!

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:13 PM

Anyone know any good books?


Just arrived today! Finally got an excellent copy at a reasonable price. Been kicking myself ever since waffling when originally released a dozen years ago.

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#7 rookie

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:29 AM

Have you read, "Dawn of Astronomy" by Sir Norman Lockyer? He discovered Helium and was a founder of archeoastronomy. I have a hardback copy but the book is now available as a free download. I have it on my Nook. It must also be free to Kindle or iPad readers.

#8 Rick Woods

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:48 PM

Bob,
Here's a couple of titles that you might enjoy:

"A History of Astronomy from Thales to Kepler" by J.L.E. Dreyer (the same guy who wrote the original NGC).

"Watchers of the Skies" by Willy Ley.

They should both be pretty easy to find cheap online.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:52 PM

David...

Good hunting on the Chesley Bonestell book. I have a couple of books illustrated by Bonestell, but not the great collection you just received. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:58 PM

Shirley...

Thanks for the suggestion about The Dawn of Astronomy. Lockyer has several books online--nicely illustrated for the time of publication.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:15 PM

Rick...

Willy Ley was a very interesting guy. He wrote the text for The Conquest of Space, which contained the paintings of Chesley Bonestell. And, Willy Ley also served as technical advisor for the Tom Corbett Space Cadet series, from which I take my current screen name.

Here is a link to the Willy Ley Collection at the National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Thanks for the two book suggestions.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

Nice to have you back Bob! I'm finally reading E.E. Barnard's poignant biography, "The Immortal Fire Within", which I own because of your encouragement. It's really wonderful.


I've been reading this too. It really is wonderful.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:41 PM

Bob, Have you ever read "Science Awakening II The Birth of Astronomy" by Bartel L. van der Waerden? (Oxford Press 1974) It's a wonderful book about ancient astronomy. I don't recall that anyone else has mentioned it on this forum, probably because it's too expensive to buy. I got it from the library through an interlibrary loan. I learned a great deal from it, and particularly enjoyed the section on ancient Egypt, though it includes Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian astronomy and ancient cosmic religions.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:09 AM

Whoa--jump back. Waerden's book costs upwards to $1.00 per page here in the U.S. However, I read what little there is at Amazon's webpage and it does read quite well.

Shirley, thank you again for another excellent recommendation.






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