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Rick Woods
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Where is Bobinky?
      #5940738 - 06/26/13 12:31 AM

My old buddy Bob hasn't posted for a long, long time. Has anyone heard from him?

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edwincjones
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5940963 - 06/26/13 07:02 AM

I think that he had a recent post on BirdForum

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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5960503 - 07/08/13 01:00 PM

WOW . . . I never knew I was missed. I have taken some time away from Cloudy Nights--I lost my password. However, I decided to come back as Tom Corbett, a character in a 1950s sci-fi series: Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.

My reading and astro-book collecting has continued during my hiatus. Currently, I am collecting a few titles on archaeoastronomy, such as the books of E. C. Krupp, Clive Ruggles, Anthony F. Aveni, and others.

Anyone know any good books?


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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #5961216 - 07/08/13 09:11 PM

Nice to have you back Bob! I'm finally reading E.E. Barnard's poignant biography, "The Immortal Fire Within", which I own because of your encouragement. It's really wonderful.

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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: rookie]
      #5961252 - 07/08/13 09:38 PM

Shirley...

I am glad you are reading "The Immortal Fire Within". A truly great biography about a great observer.

By the way, I thought of you a few weeks ago when I was particularly annoyed by a neighbor's light when I was observing in my back yard. I tip-toed back into the house and grabbed a quilt from the linen closet, draped it over a couple of lawn chairs, and blocked the annoying light quite well. I remember you posting some time back about your use of quilts for light panels. They do work!


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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #5961429 - 07/08/13 11:13 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

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Anyone know any good books?





Just arrived today! Finally got an excellent copy at a reasonable price. Been kicking myself ever since waffling when originally released a dozen years ago.


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rookie
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: DavidNealMinnick]
      #5961780 - 07/09/13 07:29 AM

Have you read, "Dawn of Astronomy" by Sir Norman Lockyer? He discovered Helium and was a founder of archeoastronomy. I have a hardback copy but the book is now available as a free download. I have it on my Nook. It must also be free to Kindle or iPad readers.

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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: rookie]
      #5962680 - 07/09/13 05:48 PM

Bob,
Here's a couple of titles that you might enjoy:

"A History of Astronomy from Thales to Kepler" by J.L.E. Dreyer (the same guy who wrote the original NGC).

"Watchers of the Skies" by Willy Ley.

They should both be pretty easy to find cheap online.


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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: DavidNealMinnick]
      #5963166 - 07/09/13 10:52 PM

David...

Good hunting on the Chesley Bonestell book. I have a couple of books illustrated by Bonestell, but not the great collection you just received. Thanks for the suggestion.


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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: rookie]
      #5963174 - 07/09/13 10:58 PM

Shirley...

Thanks for the suggestion about The Dawn of Astronomy. Lockyer has several books online--nicely illustrated for the time of publication.


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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5963207 - 07/09/13 11:15 PM

Rick...

Willy Ley was a very interesting guy. He wrote the text for The Conquest of Space, which contained the paintings of Chesley Bonestell. And, Willy Ley also served as technical advisor for the Tom Corbett Space Cadet series, from which I take my current screen name.

Here is a link to the Willy Ley Collection at the National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Thanks for the two book suggestions.


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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: rookie]
      #5972366 - 07/15/13 02:06 PM

Quote:

Nice to have you back Bob! I'm finally reading E.E. Barnard's poignant biography, "The Immortal Fire Within", which I own because of your encouragement. It's really wonderful.




I've been reading this too. It really is wonderful.


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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: turtle86]
      #5980753 - 07/20/13 12:41 AM

Bob, Have you ever read "Science Awakening II The Birth of Astronomy" by Bartel L. van der Waerden? (Oxford Press 1974) It's a wonderful book about ancient astronomy. I don't recall that anyone else has mentioned it on this forum, probably because it's too expensive to buy. I got it from the library through an interlibrary loan. I learned a great deal from it, and particularly enjoyed the section on ancient Egypt, though it includes Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian astronomy and ancient cosmic religions.

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TomCorbett
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Re: Where is Bobinky? new [Re: rookie]
      #5981134 - 07/20/13 10:09 AM

Whoa--jump back. Waerden's book costs upwards to $1.00 per page here in the U.S. However, I read what little there is at Amazon's webpage and it does read quite well.

Shirley, thank you again for another excellent recommendation.


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