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Brian Albin
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Magazine Recommendations?
      #5602255 - 01/03/13 01:08 AM

Fred Price in his book: “The Planet Observer’s Handbook” lists as “further reading” various articles from the following magazines:
The Strolling Astronomer, Sky & Telescope, The Observatory, Astronomical Journal, Astronomy, Astrograph, Astronomy Now, Sidereal Messenger, Eos, Mercury, Icarus.

New Scientist, Natural History, Science, Nature, Scientific American, Inventions & Technology


I hope to learn which one or possibly two I ought to buy a subscription to. Also from which titles I ought to try to find back issues on the used market.
Anything you can tell me about any of these would be helpful.
I listed that second group separately because their interest is general science. Could you tell me how much Astronomy is covered in any of them with which you have familiarity?

I think the magazine I want is: not childish, is not a trade journal, i.e. is not professional talk of the business of the astronomy community. I want the one that is accessible science; is entertainment for the grownup mind.

Thank You


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Rick Woods
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5602264 - 01/03/13 01:18 AM

Well, S&T is my personal choice. I looked into a subscription to Icarus, but it was something like $175/year, which is out of my league for a magazine.
I used to take Astronomy, but dropped it several years back. I've bought a few issues since then, though, and it has definitely gotten better.

Articles from many of those journals are available on the internet, if you look around. You have to pay for Icarus articles unless you have connections; but for many of the others, if you Google on the exact article name, you can find a lot of stuff free for downloading. I've gotten several books full of papers on Mars that way.


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Brian Albin
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5602304 - 01/03/13 02:21 AM

Thanks Rick!

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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5602473 - 01/03/13 08:02 AM

Quote:



I think the magazine I want is: not childish, is not a trade journal, i.e. is not professional talk of the business of the astronomy community. I want the one that is accessible science; is entertainment for the grownup mind.

Thank You




I think that either S&T or Astronomy would best meet your needs.
I would suggest getting one of each from your local newsstand and compare the two.

S&T is more popular here but Astronomy is close.
Astronomy can, at times, be a little more "childish"
neither are perfect.

edj


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Brian Albin
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5602504 - 01/03/13 08:27 AM

Thank you, Ed.

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5602592 - 01/03/13 09:28 AM

I have subscribed to several astronomy magazines but I always return to S&T, which I'm currently subscribed to. Good magazine... Tony

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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5602760 - 01/03/13 11:15 AM

I subscribe to both Astronomy and S&T; if I had to choose, it'd be S&T.

Bill


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Alvan Clark
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5603257 - 01/03/13 03:41 PM

I'm not familiar with all of them or if they are all still being published.

Astronomy. S&T, astronomy now are the general publications. The others tend to be more specialized. Kind of depends on what you want. The Strolling Astronomer is specifically about the planets.


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5603404 - 01/03/13 05:27 PM

I picked up a S&T Magazine at a bookshop last week and was shocked at the $8.99 price. I promptly but it back. Is that the normal price now days? Last I remember your average magazine was around $5. It has been a while though........

Edited by Wmacky (01/03/13 08:48 PM)


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5603407 - 01/03/13 05:30 PM

What were you buying and where? It wasn't an issue of Sky and Telescope or you weren't in the USA. S&T is still a bargain at $5.99...

Edited by rmollise (01/03/13 05:32 PM)


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5603510 - 01/03/13 06:49 PM

Quote:

I picked up a S&T Magazine at a bookshop last week and was shocked to the the $8.99 price. I promptly but it back. Is that the normal price now days? Last I remember your average magazine was around $5. It has been a while though........



I think that is probably for a special addition and not the regular monthly version.... Tony


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5603519 - 01/03/13 06:55 PM

the best way is to get a year of S&T and Astronomy and compare,
usually one is better than the other, but varies month to month

in the past I thought S&T was better, but Astronomy is catching up
like many others, I continue to get S&T-have since 1997

edj


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5603678 - 01/03/13 08:47 PM

Quote:

What were you buying and where? It wasn't an issue of Sky and Telescope or you weren't in the USA. S&T is still a bargain at $5.99...




Yeah for $5.99, I'd be reading it right now, so that's good news! It was Sky and Telescope, and it was at a Books a Million in the US of A. Had to be some kinda of year end edition I guess. I thought I was teleported to 2047 for a moment!

Edited by Wmacky (01/03/13 08:57 PM)


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5603974 - 01/04/13 01:05 AM

Was there a DVD included, or some extra like that?

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Brian Albin
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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5604017 - 01/04/13 02:32 AM

Quote:

The Strolling Astronomer is specifically about the planets.




Solar System interests me more than Deep Space. So I am glad to learn about Strolling Astronomer.


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5604198 - 01/04/13 07:49 AM

Quote:

I picked up a S&T Magazine at a bookshop last week and was shocked at the $8.99 price. I promptly but it back. Is that the normal price now days? Last I remember your average magazine was around $5. It has been a while though........




S&T is $5.99 on the newsstand. You must be referring to Skywatch, our annual publication which sells for $8.99.


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5604200 - 01/04/13 07:51 AM

Quote:

Quote:

The Strolling Astronomer is specifically about the planets.




Solar System interests me more than Deep Space. So I am glad to learn about Strolling Astronomer.




need to join the ALPO* to get-also comes in digital

edj

* a good organization


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5604709 - 01/04/13 12:40 PM

I have a couple of ALPO Strolling Astronomers that covered the SL9 impacts. I would want to see what the current offering looked like before subscribing/joining. The references to publishing cloud features on Uranus in more current issues gives me pause. I don't doubt people think they are seeing the features, but my hunch it is the same optical/eye trick that caused Lowell his canals on Mars.

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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: swalker]
      #5604807 - 01/04/13 01:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I picked up a S&T Magazine at a bookshop last week and was shocked at the $8.99 price. I promptly but it back. Is that the normal price now days? Last I remember your average magazine was around $5. It has been a while though........




S&T is $5.99 on the newsstand. You must be referring to Skywatch, our annual publication which sells for $8.99.




That had to be it! I'll run by after work and see if I can locate the monthly issue. Heck, I might as well get the year end publication while there.


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Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5604821 - 01/04/13 01:36 PM

Quote:

I have a couple of ALPO Strolling Astronomers that covered the SL9 impacts. I would want to see what the current offering looked like before subscribing/joining. The references to publishing cloud features on Uranus in more current issues gives me pause. I don't doubt people think they are seeing the features, but my hunch it is the same optical/eye trick that caused Lowell his canals on Mars.




Can of Worms alert!


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