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"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
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Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars
Celestron Edge HD 11, 190 mm Orion Mak-Newt, Astro-Tech AT90EDT Losmandy G11, NEQ6 PRO Canon 450D XSi, Modded 5, 8, 13, 17, 24mm Orion Stratus Hyperion 31 mm Aspheric Axiom 23 mm Pentax 10 mm XW
Quote:there is still Amateur Astronomy Magazineedj
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:For me, Astronomy started down a slippery slope during the time Bonnie Gordon was running the magazine
Matt 12" f/4.9 custom strut Dob 3" f/6 Edmund Scientific Newt 8x56 binos My Gallery
Quote:I'm coming from the perspective of a visual observer. Sue French's column is the gold standard.
Quote:I subscribed to Astronomy from '84 to '96. After they got rid of the nice framed photo on the front cover and went all "glossy" it just wasn't the same. The Richard Berry era was great.
Quote:That's when I stop reading them. I want nothing to do with e-magazines.
Quote:I mean I gotta have something to look at durin' my err..."morning ablutions" don' I?
Quote:Quote:I mean I gotta have something to look at durin' my err..."morning ablutions" don' I? Whoa, WAY too much information, Rod!
Quote:About a year ago there was a very long and interesting CN thread on "The Trouble with the Magazines." Many ideas were offered in the course of that discussion. As I've thought back over it during this past year, I found myself agreeing with those who blamed the decline in the magazines--and "decline" was one of the points most generally agreed upon-on the fact that they were now owned by large business entities whose main concern was profit margin, not astronomy. The small companies that own "Astronomy" and "Sky & Tel" in 'The Good Old Days' not only succeeded in making magazines interesting to readers at all stages of the hobby, but making businesses that were attractive enough for larger businesses to buy. I agree with you that, in a larger cultural sense, the "Trouble with the Astronomy Magazines" is related to the now decades-long trend toward newspaper consolidation. The question is whether this is driven purely by the economics of publishing, or by the economics of publishing that has resulting from a "dumbing-down" of America. I don't know. But I would be REALLY surprised, given what I've seen on the CN forums, if there aren't enough "literate and intelligent" amateur astronomers to support one good, literate, intelligent magazine. Neither Astronomy nor Sky & Tel are that magazine, and if you put them together you might get a case of "two heads are thicker than one."Craig Crossen
Quote:What's wrong with the magazines?
Quote:Quote:What's wrong with the magazines?For me, and at least in Sky&Telescope, is the number of ads and the quality of paper. Also I prefer to read Sue French-stuff, observing reports/object hunts anything but the science stuff. It is too bad there isn't a magazine out there that all about the hobby, I'd really like it./Jake
Quote:My favorite periodical was DEEP SKY magazine from the 1980s and early 90s published by Kalmbach and edited by David Eicher. Unfortunately it's defunct. I saved a few of them and constantly pull them out for reference. They had great content focused exclusively on DSOs and astrophotography--how to actually use your scope to the max! No sensationalism about asteroids, comets, dinosaurs, etc. It was a nice progression from the beginner articles in Astronomy. I would support something like this again. Is there anything currently like it in print form?
Quote: But I can't believe there's not room for both CN and the magazines. Both clearly have a function, and each can do some things better than the other can. However, the magazines are clearly in a spiritual doldrum and need to regain that commitment to astronomy that they had through the 1980s.Craig Crossen
"Scientists aren't perfect, just peer reviewed.""Eye of Sauron Observatory", featuring "Sauron's Other Eye", 16" dob, conical Royce mirror.
Quote:My favorite periodical was DEEP SKY magazine from the 1980s and early 90s published by Kalmbach and edited by David Eicher. Unfortunately it's defunct. . . .I would support something like this again. Is there anything currently like it in print form?