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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: stmifx]
      #5790415 - 04/10/13 02:02 PM

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Which one for subscription and why?




Neither.

Both have too many advertisements and too little content for the price asked, in my opinion.

If forced to choose one: Sky & Telescope, by a considerable margin.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: stmifx]
      #5790620 - 04/10/13 04:05 PM

For more than 30 years I subscribed to both. Last January or so, Astronomy did a major redo of their magazine. One change they made was to noticeably reduce the size of their type font on most of their articles. I believe this was a huge mistake. People still reading magazines are an older demographic. Type size is important to many of us. Because of this, I cancelled my subscription to Astronomy. I e-mailed the editors in an attempt to discuss the issue with them. None of them responded. I e-mailed the editor of Sky and Telescope and was assured that they would not make a similar move. I have kept my subscription to Sky and Telescope.

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5790677 - 04/10/13 04:38 PM

I have subscribed to both over the years and currently only get Astronomy. The "newly remodeled" magazine is better than ever with a great mix of hard science, observing articles and news. I'm 62 and should wear reading glasses, but I don't, and unlike Gene, I have no issues with the font size in the new Astronomy. Both are great magazines and are worthy of your support. YMMV.

Edited by rockethead26 (04/10/13 04:39 PM)


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: stmifx]
      #5790681 - 04/10/13 04:40 PM

I subscribe to Sky and Telescope... I just like theirs a little more and I don't want to have both of them. I should go up to barns and noble and read astronomy here and there.

A really good choice for astronomy tech nuts (like most of us here) is Astronomy Technology Today. It's a good niche one that works well as a compliment to the S&T or Astronomy mags. It's pretty much focused on the equipment side of the hobby.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5790711 - 04/10/13 04:57 PM

Unlike general consumer magazines, the ads in hobby publications are all geared to the narrow interest group that subscribes to them. I suspect most folks in the hobby keep up with new product availablilty through those ads. I for one always check the ads closely to see what is in the pipeline. And keep in mind that none of these magazines cold exist without the advertising revenue.

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5790743 - 04/10/13 05:09 PM

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This will sound like a cop-out but I've never been able to make this decision. I've subscribed to both and haven't regretted it. They each bring great articles, columns, and tips to the table.




I have to agree, Ken.
The cost to receive both is miniscule, compared to the investment most of us have in equipment.
Linton


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: lintonius]
      #5790837 - 04/10/13 05:33 PM

I used to savor both mags when they came out each month, taking new unread issues on vacation to read in a beach chair. It would take me all week to read them in their entirety. Now I am done both in 20 minutes. I still buy them but they are a shadow of their former selves. I do miss the now defunct mags like CCD Astronomy, Telescope Making, and DeepSky.

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: Dwight J]
      #5791438 - 04/10/13 10:18 PM

After a lapse of about 40 years, I subscribed to S&T a couple years ago, but let it lapse after only a year.

There are still some interesting articles, but not nearly enough each month (some months there were none), and the lurid covers were a turn off for me. I really looked forward to the arrival of each issue back then, and still refer back to those old issues occasionally (they're bound), so it wasn't just being a kid.

As noted, YMMV.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: SkipW]
      #5791507 - 04/10/13 10:47 PM

S&T. Both are fine, of course, but if you can only afford/have time for one, S&T, for sure.

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #5791868 - 04/11/13 07:58 AM

Both have digital versions. Astronomy you can get through either Kindle or B&N Magazines. But Astronomy does not give a reduced subscription for digital.

S&T uses Zinio. If your computer doesn't handle Zinio or you object to some policies - you can get a PDF download. S&T does charge less for the digital copy.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: weezy]
      #5791951 - 04/11/13 09:05 AM

To clarify, our digital edition is free with the price of the print subscription.

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: weezy]
      #5792572 - 04/11/13 03:04 PM

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Both have digital versions. Astronomy you can get through either Kindle or B&N Magazines. But Astronomy does not give a reduced subscription for digital.

S&T uses Zinio. If your computer doesn't handle Zinio or you object to some policies - you can get a PDF download. S&T does charge less for the digital copy.





You can get Astronomy through Zinio also, that's how I get it.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: Steph]
      #5793599 - 04/12/13 12:07 AM

Can either of them be read by a person who has a WinXp computer? I have no interest in any of the other readers mentioned.

Thanks;
Steve Coe


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? new [Re: REC]
      #5793682 - 04/12/13 01:20 AM

I find Sky & Telescope to be on a higher educational plain than Astronomy. They have a more technical/serious attitude. But I like Astronomy because it's seems to be geared to the average amateur astronomer. Sky and Telescope is not nearly as technical as it was 10 years ago when I got out of astronomy. But I just subscribed to both and get a lot out of each magazine.

As has already been pointed out they are a bargain compared to other items, dinner out, cable TV, eyepieces, etc.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: stevecoe]
      #5793744 - 04/12/13 02:37 AM

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Can either of them be read by a person who has a WinXp computer?




Steve,
And I thought that I was the only one I have access to S&T but never used the digital version. Just gave it a try now and it works fine on my XP. Zooms in for the small print(actually for me its all of the print), easy to turn pages. Looks like its all printable which could be handy for some of the observing related articles. I may have to do this more often.

Eric

BTW, I think that I just found a couple of books I would like to check out.

Edited by beatlejuice (04/12/13 02:59 AM)


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: hfjacinto]
      #5793980 - 04/12/13 08:57 AM

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I like both, there isn't much difference between each.





I agree
-have taken S&T for years
-Astronomy on and off
-generally like S&T a little better (maybe just habit)
-got both a year ago and believe Astronomy is catching up to S&T
my suggestion is to get a years subscription to both,
or get both on news stands for a few months,
and then decide which you like better
-some issues S&T is better, some Astronomy
most here view S&T as a little more advanced, Astronomy more for beginners

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: edwincjones]
      #5794685 - 04/12/13 02:57 PM

I don't think one is really better then the other. I enjoy both of them...

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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5794802 - 04/12/13 03:58 PM

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I don't think one is really better then the other. I enjoy both of them...




+1


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: rockethead26]
      #5795703 - 04/13/13 12:25 AM

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I have subscribed to both over the years and currently only get Astronomy. The "newly remodeled" magazine is better than ever with a great mix of hard science, observing articles and news. I'm 62 and should wear reading glasses, but I don't, and unlike Gene, I have no issues with the font size in the new Astronomy. Both are great magazines and are worthy of your support. YMMV.




Regarding the font size, I realize that many people are fine with the new changes. As I see it, the issue centers on the people who are not. The people who are fine with the smaller text also did not mind the larger text previous to January. The text prior to January and the previous months was not all the large to begin with. In my opinion, the editors could have made the changes they did, but left the size of the text alone. Had the editors done that, I would have remained a subscriber.


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Re: Sky & Telescope or Astronomy? [Re: GeneT]
      #5795940 - 04/13/13 05:36 AM

Sky & Telescope ... longer pedigree and all issues became available on DVD

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