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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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Loc: SE Ma.
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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SilentKnights
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Reged: 10/04/12

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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5645073 - 01/26/13 08:22 PM

I got to say I have to stand up and say Sky & Telescope is the way to go I read it cover to cover each month. Great articles and great sky charts for the month. Not to mention Tony Flanders is the man !

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davebuechler
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5645176 - 01/26/13 09:43 PM

Quote:

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.




+1 I dropped my subscripton to S&T for this very reason


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beatlejuice
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: davebuechler]
      #5645338 - 01/27/13 12:43 AM

Quote:

+1 I dropped my subscripton to S&T for this very reason




Astronomy mag does the same thing to me only its every 4 weeks starting about 6 months before its due. But, for me that is not reason enough to cancel it. I like both S&T and Astronomy.

Eric


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TexasRed
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Reged: 05/17/11

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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5645403 - 01/27/13 02:56 AM

I subscribe to both and enjoy reading them cover to cover, ads and all.

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lamplight
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: Gregen]
      #5645629 - 01/27/13 08:50 AM

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.



100% agree.

Recommend buy an issue of all of them, that's what I did.. Something to be learned and enjoyed from all!


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lamplight
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: lamplight]
      #5645636 - 01/27/13 08:54 AM

Dave/Betelgeuse: they don't do that on the digital edition. In fact they were even telling me there was a new issue! I had to go sign up and register to get that email.

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City Kid
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5645649 - 01/27/13 09:08 AM

I've been a regular subscriber to Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, Amateur Astronomy, and Astronomy Technology Today and I like them all. My S&T subscription recently ran out but it's only a matter of time before I renew. My favorite is Amateur Astronomy but they have been focusing a little more on the imaging side of the hobby which I don't care for but it's still my favorite. Astronomy Technology Today is all about the equipment side of the hobby. It's my second favorite. All four of the above have something to offer and that's why I've always subscribed to all of them.

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la200o
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: City Kid]
      #5645704 - 01/27/13 09:55 AM

I stopped subscribing to Astronomy Technology Today because of the new, overwhelming emphasis on imaging. I've only had a couple of issues of Amateur Astronomy, but it seems much more for the visual observer.

Bill


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newtoskies
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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: la200o]
      #5645809 - 01/27/13 10:54 AM

Not much mentioning of the Sky at Night mag !! I know it's a bit expensive but it does have very good articles, a nice star chart every month and comes with a DVD/CD. I am actually watching and listening to the Moore Marathon right now. Some very helpful info for beginners.

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Re: Astronomy magazines? new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5650291 - 01/29/13 01:11 PM

I read both Astronomy and Sky & Telescope and like them equally, but I don't subscribe to either one, partly because it saves me money, partly because of limited space in my little apartment. So about once a month, I go to a library that gets both magazines and read them there.

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