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#1 maire

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:56 PM

A new book about sketches dedicated to astronomy: "Astrodessin", has just been published in France. Sorry it is in French.

The book conducted by Serge Vieillard, an experimented amateur, is a huge collective work is in 2 volumes around 700 pages with a lot of sketches made by 15 French and German amateurs. We can also find a large number of technics, instrumental and sky constraints and also the psychology of the observer. This is a very comprehensive book.

You can see large abstracts of the book here:
http://www.astrodessin.com/apercu.html

For ordering:
http://www.astrodess.../commander.html

#2 Roel

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 04:21 PM

It centainly looks very impressive! If this is ever going to be published in English it will find a large worldwide audience, no doubt about it.

I would definitely buy it!

#3 rguinamard

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:57 AM

Dear Roel,
Sure this book would find a large audience in English.
It has been a 3 years hard work for the team of friend who made it .
As far as I know, it is not forecast to have a translation in the near future...unfortunetely...
But for french reader, It is really a "bible" about astro sketching.
I received mine yesterday and the amount of work is just incredible. I've only looked yet at the text below the sketches, you feel the passion of the authors everywere.
Seems to be 2 really great books !
Raphaël

#4 PierreDesvaux

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:02 AM

There are 1173 sketches in this book, made by 15 passionated amateurs, some of them very experienced observers.

So, even if you can not read the texts, you can admire the pictures, some of them are just incredible, either of the moon, the planets, planetary nebulae, galaxies, etc...

The abstracts give a little idea of the real thing:
http://www.astrodessin.com/apercu.html


It might seem over-enthousiastic (there are some of my sketches in the book...) but frankly, anybody interested by astronomy sketching, or even, by observing, should have it.

I have never seen something similar or equivalent...

I hope that it will be one day or another translated at least in English, but this might take several years...


Pierre

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:41 AM

Pierre, there are some great works in there. The thing that threw me off was not speaking French. Sure, you don't need to, but it's nice to understand what is being said accompanying the illustrations, as well.

#6 Rutilus

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:20 AM

That looks like one fanstatic book (Dear Santa), hope they do an english version, it deserves it. If not I will have to learn French.

#7 Jef De Wit

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:10 AM

Mine arrived today :yay:

#8 Rutilus

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:30 PM

Okay Jef, spill the beans, is it Tres Bien.

#9 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:19 AM

Time to refresh my scool french! I just ordered it. Very impressive book! 50 Euros for two volumes - not expansive.

#10 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:07 AM

Incredible - faster as light! I ordered this morning and have now, 10 hours later, the books in my hand! I got an additional french star gazers magzine "Astrosurf".

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:40 AM

Looks like an incredible offer. I just oredered it too. I will also refresh my school French. 20€ for the package to sent from France to Germany is a lot of money. Two volumes printed in color for 50€ is a bargain. In summary it is a fair price. Thats my Santa Claus gift.

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#12 Jef De Wit

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:31 AM

is it Tres Bien

I can only echo Uwe: "c'est impressionant" :jump: Even if you don't understand (very good) French, the immages only are already worth the money.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:20 AM

It arrived yesterday. Elles sont très très bien. Two nice volumes, best print quality and paper. Impressive are not only the dimensions, the drawings and the sketches, also the text is very attractive and entertaining.

#14 Aquarellia

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

I agree with you all, this is a real astro sketch bible. A good value for our cloudy nights to prepare the dark ones...

#15 Michael Rapp

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 02:14 PM

The preview of that work is just breathtaking.

#16 JakeSaloranta

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:35 AM

Looks like an amazing book! Topler, Pothier... nice!

Too bad the only payment option is Paypal... and shipping costs are probably more expensive than the two volumes. Other than that I'd order my copy in a heartbeat.


/Jake

#17 Jef De Wit

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 10:52 AM

shipping costs are probably more expensive than the two volumes

For Europe the shipping costs are 19 euro. The book is 49 euro.

#18 JakeSaloranta

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:57 AM

For Europe the shipping costs are 19 euro. The book is 49 euro.


Thanks for clearing that up. Now only the PayPal problem remains. I'll keep looking.

/Jake

#19 Jef De Wit

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:05 AM

Now only the PayPal problem remains.

Ask a friend with PayPal to order it for you.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:42 AM

My birthday is gone, Christmas is gone.. Guess it would be weird to ask for this for Valentine's day?

:D

#21 Jef De Wit

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 05:13 AM

:funny:






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