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steve-in-kville
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Astronomy magazines?
      #5644238 - 01/26/13 11:36 AM

I googled and found two: Astronomy and Sky & Telescopes.

Which one is worth my money? I am tempted to call both and request sample issues.


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ScumotheUniverse
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Reged: 12/02/08

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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5644243 - 01/26/13 11:39 AM

Both in all likelihood can be seen in your local library. Or can be sampled at your local Barnes and Noble.

If you wish to subscribe S&T is the best magazine.


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apfever
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: ScumotheUniverse]
      #5644248 - 01/26/13 11:41 AM

I Prefer S&T. I have the collection complete back to the 50's

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Oscar56
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: apfever]
      #5644259 - 01/26/13 11:46 AM

And what about their digital versions?

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NeilMac
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Oscar56]
      #5644271 - 01/26/13 11:53 AM

S & T
I prefer to have something in my hands, nicer on the eyes.

Edited by NeilMac (01/26/13 11:54 AM)


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csa/montana
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5644286 - 01/26/13 12:04 PM

I have subscribed to both; I lean more towards Astronomy, for myself!

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newtoskies
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5644317 - 01/26/13 12:29 PM

Both are good but I prefer S&T. There are months that the other does have good articles and I buy that one as well. There is also the UK mag Sky at Night which is also pretty good.
Try the S&T website. I usually go there after reading an issue to read more that may not have made it to print.
I buy mine at a local Newsbreak store that carries these three and a couple of smaller scope mags.


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Gregen
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5644318 - 01/26/13 12:29 PM

For a few months I tried both, but I found that astronomy is a more scientific magazine and S&T leans more on the observing side. But I liked astronomy a little more so I have had astronomy for about a year now.

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drbyyz
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Gregen]
      #5644335 - 01/26/13 12:45 PM

Quote:

For a few months I tried both, but I found that astronomy is a more scientific magazine and S&T leans more on the observing side. But I liked astronomy a little more so I have had astronomy for about a year now.




Exactly what I was about to say except I lean more towards S&T for the observing info. I always pick up a copy of the latest S&T(really need to renew that subscription) and flip through Astronomy on the shelf and only pick it up if there is a promising looking article or two.


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newtoskies
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5644348 - 01/26/13 12:50 PM

Quote:

Exactly what I was about to say except I lean more towards S&T for the observing info. I always pick up a copy of the latest S&T(really need to renew that subscription) and flip through Astronomy on the shelf and only pick it up if there is a promising looking article or two.




That's basically what I do.


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SeptemberEquinox
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5644359 - 01/26/13 12:54 PM

I just bought BBC Sky at Night, and I liked it. Good articles, learned a lot from it. But its expensive

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Dave74
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: SeptemberEquinox]
      #5644375 - 01/26/13 01:07 PM

I picked up Astronomy at an airport newsstand last weekend when I was traveling. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Packed with great info. I can't speak to S&T, because I've never read it.

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mich_al
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Dave74]
      #5644389 - 01/26/13 01:17 PM

I subscribe to both Astronomy & Sky and Telescope. Sky & Telescope has the REALLY annoyning habit of mailing out a re-subscribe notice about every 6 weeks. Why? Another case of the marketing dweebs running the show? REALLY annoying! If there comes a time when I decide to eliminate one I know which it'll be.

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kfiscus
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5644630 - 01/26/13 03:49 PM

I gotten both since 1980. I depend on both of them. It's not a "Coke vs. Pepsi" or "Ford vs. Chevy" thing. They each deliver things I need and don't want to be without. I dislike digital versions of magazines. I want something 'real'.

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John Kuraoka
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5644656 - 01/26/13 04:08 PM

I just started a subscription to Sky & Telescope. It just seemed more practical for actually getting out and observing, plus it had better spiffs.

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Dave Chapman
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5644664 - 01/26/13 04:15 PM

Don't forget the Canadian magazine SkyNews. 6 issues /year! http://www.skynews.ca/

Dave


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la200o
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Dave Chapman]
      #5644772 - 01/26/13 05:22 PM

I just subscribed to Amateur Astronomy, and give it a thumbs up. More geared to the observer than either S&T or Astronomy (I get both). The downside is that it only comes out quarterly.

Bill


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Stargaz18
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Dave Chapman]
      #5644773 - 01/26/13 05:23 PM

I've had a subscription to Astronomy for yrs now. After reading that alot of you liked Sky & Telescope better I decided to subscibe to that too. It's funny though, I got it for $29.95 through one site and to order it directly from them it would of been $37.95.

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NeilMac
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Dave Chapman]
      #5644839 - 01/26/13 06:10 PM

Quote:

Don't forget the Canadian magazine SkyNews. 6 issues /year! http://www.skynews.ca/

Dave




Dindt know it existed, will have a look.
Thanks!


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GeneT
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5645027 - 01/26/13 07:59 PM

Quote:

I googled and found two: Astronomy and Sky & Telescopes. Which one is worth my money? I am tempted to call both and request sample issues.




Astronomy recently did a redo. They made the type face noticeably smaller, and difficult for me to read--so I cancelled after more than 30 years of subscribing. I kept Sky and Telescope, and began new subscriptions to Amateur Astronomy and Astronomy Technology Today.


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