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Quote:I think you might need to re-read the article. It is about the Moon and tides playing major roles in the successful attack and disappearance of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley. They have done similar articles on the way the sky was related to various historical events for many decades, so this is no surprise (and is still on-topic). Clear skies to you.
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Quote:I just received the Feb 2013 sky and tel. The front editorial and one of the main articles is centered on the history of one confederate submarine.I have no argument that civil war history is interesting and worthy of study. It really doesn't have a place as a major piece in an astronomy magazine. There are plenty of periodicals which deal with the history of that period. Its not like there is a shortage of topics to cover in the field of telescopes and astronomy.I have been subscribing to Sky and tel for years and hope to continue doing so. If the editor continues to use sky and tel as a vehicle for expressing his interest in the civil war, I won't be renewing.Sky and tel needs to return to its roots, their older magazines are much more on target.
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Quote:Let's try posing as one of those grouping questions...Sky | Telescope | Sunken Submarinewhich one doesn't belong?
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Quote:Yeah; this is not by far the first time someone has submitted an article on a non-astronomy topic, but in which astronomical factors played a large, possibly deciding part. It's just a way to show how astronomical events have greater range and influence than one might imagine. Let's rephrase the multiple choice as an equation:Wartime Attack + Bright Moon = Sunken Submarine.And I have to say - it's pretty awesome that the Confederates had a submarine! Those good ol' Southern boys have always been a pretty sharp lot; probably why Mission Control is in Housten, and rockets are launched from Florida!
Quote:There is a replica at Battleship Park in Mobile, which Miss Dorothy and I visited not long ago. We marveled that anyone could be so brave, even in the final defense of our country, to go down in that little thing!
Quote:Quote:I think you might need to re-read the article. It is about the Moon and tides playing major roles in the successful attack and disappearance of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley. They have done similar articles on the way the sky was related to various historical events for many decades, so this is no surprise (and is still on-topic). Clear skies to you.
So? The weather, moon, tides, etc were a BIG factor in the Normandy invasion. This has been the case in countless battles and events in history and is already common knowledge. Night travel in the desert was also based on such things, and well-documented. Big deal, these are trivialities. Are we becoming so self-serving that going to start looking at every historical event and try to insert/impose our hobby in ways that come across not only to the general public, but also many of ourselves, as trivial, arrogant, and blowing our own horn over things that don't matter?
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Quote:from S&T's viewpoint-I doubt many will cancel -but some may subscribe due to the articleI have no issue pro or con with this*edj*but have not read the issue yet
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Quote:I enjoyed the article in S&T.The article I found out of place a few months ago were those ten pages in Astronomy magazine dedicated to a "Rock Star/Astronomer. Wasted space in my opinion, better served with ten pages on Curiousity.
Quote:Quote:I enjoyed the article in S&T.The article I found out of place a few months ago were those ten pages in Astronomy magazine dedicated to a "Rock Star/Astronomer. Wasted space in my opinion, better served with ten pages on Curiousity. And I am bored with yet another rehash of the Curiosity mission when there can be ten pages on observational astronomy. Which just goes to show, you can't please everybody.
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Quote:I am OK with that type of article because I am interested in both military history and astronomy. Lucky me, but I can see how folks might want less of that sort of thing in their favorite astro mag. Perhaps S&T should consider an expanded section on their website for subjects "related to" but not necessarily purely astronomical. More website traffic = more advertising revenue, right?
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Imaging Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine
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Quote:Sure, she is pretty, but doesn't belong in S&T, just for the sake of bringing attention to the article.