Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home page


Speciality Forums >> Astro Art, Books, Websites & Other Media

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | (show all)
rmollise
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 07/06/07

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5604873 - 01/04/13 02:01 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.




Who knows? I belive Steve O'Meara verified he's seen some atmospheric features, so it can be done. However most of what I've seen otherwise refers to imagery with high frame rate cameras, which I have no doubt can occasionally pick up something.

Anyhoo, The Strolling Astronomer is well done, but it is for very specialized interests--folks who are truly serious about the Solar System.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Rick Woods
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 01/27/05

Loc: Inner Solar System
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5604910 - 01/04/13 02:24 PM

Quote:

Who knows? I belive Steve O'Meara verified he's seen some atmospheric features, so it can be done.




Yeah - it's pretty hard to refute his observations when he used them to calculate the correct rotation period for Uranus to within minutes, well before Voyager arrived.
Action talks, and everything else walks.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
LivingNDixie
TSP Chowhound
*****

Reged: 04/23/03

Loc: Trussville, AL
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5605071 - 01/04/13 03:53 PM

Quote:

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.




Who knows? I belive Steve O'Meara verified he's seen some atmospheric features, so it can be done. However most of what I've seen otherwise refers to imagery with high frame rate cameras, which I have no doubt can occasionally pick up something.

Anyhoo, The Strolling Astronomer is well done, but it is for very specialized interests--folks who are truly serious about the Solar System.




True, and I don't know enough about CCD cameras to know what they are truly capable of with the outer planets.

Regarding the sketches, my theory has been that what is being seen is the eye trying to provide a pattern to the bland disk and limb darkening effect. Again it is just my theory on it. But that would be similar to what Lowell had with his canals. His eye was trying to link up the dark and lighter areas of the Martian disk in his scope.

Again just my theory. I could be wrong and I would like to be proven wrong too. The idea of seeing features on Uranus really interests me.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
LivingNDixie
TSP Chowhound
*****

Reged: 04/23/03

Loc: Trussville, AL
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5605121 - 01/04/13 04:11 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Who knows? I belive Steve O'Meara verified he's seen some atmospheric features, so it can be done.




Yeah - it's pretty hard to refute his observations when he used them to calculate the correct rotation period for Uranus to within minutes, well before Voyager arrived.
Action talks, and everything else walks.




True. Actions matter. Results matter.

One of things that has been a bummer for me is that the years that I was Texas Star Party, O'Meara was not there. I have always been interested in the outer planets, but everything I have heard and read really makes it hard for me to believe some of the claims that float around.

I also am a firm believer in skill of the observer. I consider myself a persistent intermediate. I have seen first hand what an expert can do with my scope.

O'Meara is probably the best (or at least top 3) visual observers of all time. If there was/is something to see on Uranus I don't doubt he could do it. The question is, are people repeating what he did or being fooled by eye/mind tricks. O'Meara really does not have to prove anything, he already has


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
KidOrion
professor emeritus


Reged: 07/07/07

Loc: Carbondale, IL
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5605592 - 01/04/13 09:12 PM

Nobody mentioning Amateur Astronomy?

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Rick Woods
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 01/27/05

Loc: Inner Solar System
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5605820 - 01/05/13 12:17 AM

There is now!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Tony Flanders
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 05/18/06

Loc: Cambridge, MA, USA
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5606084 - 01/05/13 07:35 AM

Quote:

The idea of seeing features on Uranus really interests me.




We ran an article on this in S&T just a few months back. Most of the time Uranus is totally featureless in visible light. But on rare occasions it sports cloud features that are relatively easy for a keen-eyed observer to spot, or a video photographer to record.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rmollise
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 07/06/07

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5606111 - 01/05/13 08:29 AM

Quote:

Nobody mentioning Amateur Astronomy?




Why should anybody have to mention it? Everybody here is already a subscriber, right?

Even if I wasn't a contributor, I'd be reading AA. And saving every issue, and often referring back to them.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
edwincjones
Close Enough
*****

Reged: 04/10/04

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5606236 - 01/05/13 10:12 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Nobody mentioning Amateur Astronomy?




Why should anybody have to mention it? Everybody here is already a subscriber, right?

Even if I wasn't a contributor, I'd be reading AA. And saving every issue, and often referring back to them.




no-not every one

I continued for 2 years post Tom,
but then lost interest
maybe too much astrophotography
for my old fashion visual brain

edj


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
edwincjones
Close Enough
*****

Reged: 04/10/04

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5606244 - 01/05/13 10:17 AM

I took Astronomy Now for a few years
and found the British attitude charming
but the extra cost for mailing to the US
was too much

edj


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Brian Albin
Seeker


Reged: 08/22/06

Loc: Western Oregon
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5608094 - 01/06/13 11:12 AM

Thank You everyone for the recommendations.
Have any of you a magazine to recommend that was not on my list?

I saw Amateur Astronomy mentioned; what can you tell me about that?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rmollise
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 07/06/07

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Brian Albin]
      #5608720 - 01/06/13 04:07 PM

Quote:

Thank You everyone for the recommendations.
Have any of you a magazine to recommend that was not on my list?

I saw Amateur Astronomy mentioned; what can you tell me about that?




"Of, by, and for amateur astronomers..."

http://amateurastronomy.com/


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
GeneT
Ely Kid
*****

Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5626731 - 01/16/13 06:19 PM

Quote:

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




I cancelled Astronomy Magazine today because they did a redo, and significantly reduced the size of the type of the articles. This was a big mistake. I have kept Sky and Telescope--an excellent magazine.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
demiles
professor emeritus
*****

Reged: 11/07/06

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5626809 - 01/16/13 07:04 PM

Sky at Night from the UK

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
obrazell
super member


Reged: 04/03/05

Loc: United Kingdom
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5627581 - 01/17/13 08:19 AM

yes but moving more and more to the imaging world which personally as a visual observer I find to be a bad thing. There is already enough about imaging out there.

Owen


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
PhilCo126
Post Laureate


Reged: 01/14/05

Loc: coastline of Belgium
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: obrazell]
      #5627811 - 01/17/13 10:54 AM

Sky At Night magazine comes every month with a DVD containing a recent TV-program (and sometimes an extra classic TV-program) & software on it...

Spaceflight magazines also tackles astronomy, especially space telescopes.

A good overview: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1119/1


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rmollise
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 07/06/07

Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: obrazell]
      #5627883 - 01/17/13 11:27 AM

Quote:

yes but moving more and more to the imaging world which personally as a visual observer I find to be a bad thing. There is already enough about imaging out there.

Owen




There is plenty of material on visual observing in AA...pretty much the same as always, I'd say.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Paul Hyndman
sage


Reged: 07/13/04

Loc: Connecticut Shoreline USA
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5630456 - 01/18/13 07:26 PM

The lowest current price I've found for Astronomy Magazine is $46.75 for a three year subscription through subscriptionaddiction. You MUST do a Google search for "Astonomy Magazine discount", and the link for the subscriptionaddiction offer will be a sponsor link (top links) on about the second page. It will list it for $29.90 for 12 issues, but when you click through the link it will offer two or three year options ($55 for the latter). Entering the code "MOM15PER" reduces it another 15%.

This link may or may not work. If not, use the above method to generate a valid link.

Paul

PS: I've been an S&T subscriber for decades, only recently subscribed to Astronomy Magazine (but have had thrifty Scottish genes since birth!)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Brian Albin
Seeker


Reged: 08/22/06

Loc: Western Oregon
Re: Magazine Recommendations? new [Re: Paul Hyndman]
      #5631843 - 01/19/13 04:30 PM

Astronomy Magazine, $46.75 for a three years is compelling; I may go with that. Thanks for the recommendation, Paul.

I see there is an ďAstronomy & Space" magazine, published by Astronomy Ireland. http://www.astronomy.ie/magazine.php
It is too expensive for me, but I am curious about it's contents.
Is this magazine known to anyone here?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
GeneT
Ely Kid
*****

Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Magazine Recommendations? [Re: rmollise]
      #5633754 - 01/20/13 06:42 PM

Quote:

"Of, by, and for amateur astronomers..."
http://amateurastronomy.com/




Thanks! I just subscribed from the money I saved by dropping Astronomy Magazine.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | (show all)


Extra information
4 registered and 5 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Geo557, kkokkolis 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 1933

Jump to

CN Forums Home




Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics