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Rick Woods
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S&T Skygazer's Almanac
      #3946039 - 07/26/10 07:58 PM

Your yearly Skygazer's Almanac is a godsend for me. I use it all the time.
Nice work on that - it's set up just right, easy to use, and a real time saver.

Good job!




Just changed the subject title to make it reflect the subject matter a bit better.... -- Steph/mod

Edited by ~Steph~ (07/27/10 08:42 AM)


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Re: S&T Skygazer's Almanac new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3946971 - 07/27/10 08:43 AM

It is rather a handy item, isn't it? They do a lovely job with it.

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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3946983 - 07/27/10 08:49 AM

Quote:

Your yearly Skygazer's Almanac is a godsend for me. I use it all the time.
Nice work on that - it's set up just right, easy to use, and a real time saver.

Good job!




S&T has a great many positives, so much so that I have purchased the DVD set of all issues. I've been a subscriber for decades.

I have misgivings about the editors' writing style (the current editorial uses "reference" as a verb), some of the equipment reviews, the dumbing down of article titles, and the garish covers.

Yet by and large it is a remarkably good magazine for an amateur avocation. It provides accurate information on range of aspects of amateur astronomy, from the position of Saturn's moons tao the latest in digital astronomy. Charles Wood's column, now sadly reduced to alternate months, and Sue French's column, are superb. SA 2000 and PSA are outstanding achievements.

Unfortunately in the transition from a family-owned corporation to a more commercially oriented corporation, many of the best editors left or assumed adjunct roles. I was sorry to see this.

Bill Meyers


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3946986 - 07/27/10 08:52 AM

Quote:

Your yearly Skygazer's Almanac is a godsend for me. I use it all the time.
Nice work on that - it's set up just right, easy to use, and a real time saver.

Good job!




S&T has a great many positives, so much so that I have purchasdd the DVD set of all issues. I've been a subscriber for decades.

I have misgivings about the editors' writing style (the current editorial uses "reference" as a verb), some of the equipment reviews, the dumbing down of article titles, and the garish covers.

Yet by and large it is a remarkably good magazine for an amateur avocation. It provides accurate information on range of aspects of amateur astronomy, from the position of Saturn's moons tao the latest in digital astronomy. Charles Wood's column, now sadly reduced to alternate months, and Sue French's column, are superb. SA 2000 and PSA are outstanding achievements.

Unfortunately in the transition from a family-owned corporation to a more commercially oriented corporation, many of the best editors left or assumed adjunct roles. I was sorry to see this.

Bill Meyers


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Re: S&T Skygazer's Almanac new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3946988 - 07/27/10 08:52 AM

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Your yearly Skygazer's Almanac is a godsend for me. I use it all the time.




Thanks -- I use it all the time, too. Both for my job as editor at S&T and to plan my own observing sessions.

Credit this one to Roger Sinnott, grandmaster of stellar cartography, astronomical data, and visual presentation. I've taken over most of the jobs that Roger used to do, but I'm terrified of the Skygazer's Almanac. So Roger will be doing it (from retirement) as long as he's willing.

Tony Flanders
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Re: S&T Skygazer's Almanac new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #3947046 - 07/27/10 09:21 AM

i'm going to show my age... and the city i am from... the S&T Skygazer's Almanac was originally a publication from the Baltimore Astronomical Society, which published it through the Maryland Science Center, in Baltimore... the rights to it were sold to S&T... i am going back about 35 years here!

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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: auriga]
      #3947114 - 07/27/10 10:10 AM

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Charles Wood's column, now sadly reduced to alternate months...




Fortunately for moonwatchers, this is incorrect. S&T made a move in this direction, but apparently thought better of it. Charles Wood's column appears monthly - something I sincerely hope will not change.


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Re: S&T Skygazer's Almanac new [Re: helpwanted]
      #3947135 - 07/27/10 10:24 AM

I agree, the Stargazer's Almanac is quite useful.

. . .

Quote:

i'm going to show my age... and the city i am from... the S&T Skygazer's Almanac was originally a publication from the Baltimore Astronomical Society, which published it through the Maryland Science Center, in Baltimore... the rights to it were sold to S&T... i am going back about 35 years here!

...helpwanted



Has the Skygazer's Almanac changed much since it inception at the Baltimore Astronomical Society?


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: desertstars]
      #3947513 - 07/27/10 01:36 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Charles Wood's column, now sadly reduced to alternate months...




Fortunately for moonwatchers, this is incorrect. S&T made a move in this direction, but apparently thought better of it. Charles Wood's column appears monthly - something I sincerely hope will not change.




The information is correct, at least for the time being. Starting in September, we're alternating Exploring the Solar System with Exploring the Moon. I think we've neglected planetary observing in recent years, and this will give a chance to correct it. I particularly liked the introductory article, on SEB disappearances, by Tom Dobbins.

In the ideal world, if we could publish unlimited pages, we'd run both every month.

Tony Flanders
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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #3947516 - 07/27/10 01:40 PM

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I think we've neglected planetary observing in recent years, and this will give a chance to correct it.



A laurel, and hearty thanks on behalf of all of us planetary observers!


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #3947576 - 07/27/10 02:05 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Charles Wood's column, now sadly reduced to alternate months...




Fortunately for moonwatchers, this is incorrect. S&T made a move in this direction, but apparently thought better of it. Charles Wood's column appears monthly - something I sincerely hope will not change.




The information is correct, at least for the time being. Starting in September, we're alternating Exploring the Solar System with Exploring the Moon. I think we've neglected planetary observing in recent years, and this will give a chance to correct it. I particularly liked the introductory article, on SEB disappearances, by Tom Dobbins.

In the ideal world, if we could publish unlimited pages, we'd run both every month.

Tony Flanders
Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope




In a perfect world, I'd read both columns back to back each month and have no complaints, of course. I agree that planetary observing has not had a fair share of coverage in far too long, so this strikes me as a very good compromise.


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: desertstars]
      #3948390 - 07/27/10 09:49 PM

Tony,
How soon do you guys expect to be shipping the DVD set? I'm very excited about that (my wife ordered it for me - wotta gal!). Also, very cool that you're including a reprint of the November 1941 issue as a bonus!
A trip to the library to make copies of old articles is a 100 mile round-trip proposition for me. This DVD collection is the answer to many of my research problems.


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3949458 - 07/28/10 12:52 PM

The DVD collection is shipping now!

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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: swalker]
      #3949601 - 07/28/10 01:49 PM

it's the same as when the Balto Astro Society printed it many years ago!

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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: swalker]
      #3949664 - 07/28/10 02:23 PM

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The DVD collection is shipping now!



WOOHOO!!


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S&T Stargazer Almanac new [Re: helpwanted]
      #3949773 - 07/28/10 03:18 PM

helpwanted...

Thank you for the reply about the history of the Stargazer Almanac.

...

Now the S&T Gang can continue.


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: helpwanted]
      #3956464 - 07/31/10 11:31 PM

since I was on the S&T staff in 1983 when that transition was made away from the old Graphic Ephemeris (as it was known back then), I'd like to chime in and say that the current version is a vast improvement. yes, the presentation geometry is basically the same, but Roger Sinnott's version added several significant enhancements.

one, of course, was the use of color. second, Roger subdivided the grid using precisely spaced dots, instead of lines, to demarcate each day (vertically) and 5-minute intervals (horizontally). third, various Moon symbols were added to show the cycle of phases. fourth, the year's key celestial events were listed by date in the margin. and finally, the SGA is now available for three latitudes: 50N, 40N, and 30S.


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: NightSkyGuy]
      #3959994 - 08/02/10 07:13 PM

I just got a mail notification that my DVD set should ship ~8/18.
Too cool!


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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #3961198 - 08/03/10 10:55 AM

Ummm...... this thread is about the Skygazer's Almanac, not the DVD set. There are other threads for that.

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Re: One more word on S&T: new [Re: Steph]
      #3961225 - 08/03/10 11:08 AM

Auriga introduced them into the discussion in post #3, so they're fair game. IIRC, the original title of this thread had nothing to do with the Skygazer's Almanac.

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