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LB16europe
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Re: Leslie Peliter's Starlight Nights new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #6050615 - 08/28/13 12:30 PM

Another "Starlight Nights" fan here. I find Peltier's writing almost poetic, and he transmits his passion for astronomy, nature and country life in a beautiful way.

I liked John Graham's interesting comment and I don't think it was offensive and it shouldn't be deleted. John's post actually made me think how difficult it can be to keep our feet firmly on the ground and not let hobbies separate us excessively from "real life" (be it work, family or friends).


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Re: Leslie Peliter's Starlight Nights new [Re: LB16europe]
      #6051531 - 08/28/13 09:27 PM

Ok folks this an extremely good thread, lets keep it that way.

This is " Stellar Media " books ,videos, dvds etc.
Lets keep it on the book and please refrain from commenting on the mans personal life or what ever.
Stellar media is the nicest bunch of folks, cant remember the last time I had to do anything in this forum.

ok mod hat off.


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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: droid]
      #6051786 - 08/29/13 01:13 AM

It is a book about a different time in America, and, as such, is enchanting.
We will never see that time, but it is fascinating to read about it, and Peltier's love of the stars. Passionate? You bet!
I pull this book out every few years to spend some moments with a different America than the one I've known--the same reason I pull out Abbey's "Desert Solitaire".
Just something quite peaceful in there.


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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: Starman1]
      #6051820 - 08/29/13 01:56 AM

This is from decades ago, but I clearly recall hearing that Peltier designed children's furniture for a company in the area.

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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: Lard Greystoke]
      #6052746 - 08/29/13 03:00 PM

Quite right, Greystoke. On thinking about it further, I recall that, while touring the southwest he was making some money by selling rare minerals--I think to Ward's Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, N.Y.!

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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: trw]
      #6079568 - 09/13/13 10:57 PM

I love this book because it , as Don wrote, ".... is a book about a different time in America....". Knowing what I know about the present, if given the chance, I'm not sure I would care to live in those times, but it does make one think what life would be like not knowing anything of what the future held.

I don't know how many times I've read this book with Les relating the history of each telescope loaned or given to him. I don't recall anywhere in the book of him pondering what might happen to the telescopes after he himself passed on. However, the book, in and of itself does, and in the present context, does beg the question: What became of the telescopes? Does any one know?

Edited by Jeff Phinney (09/14/13 12:30 AM)


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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: Jeff Phinney]
      #6087566 - 09/18/13 09:24 AM

The first time I read this book was about 20 years ago. Fascinating. I re-read it several years later. He was an amazingly dedicated observer. The chapter where he built his own "SUV" and he and his wife travled around the country was a refreshing look at his skills and experiences in other areas besides astronomy.

Just recently I acquired my own copy of the book, a well worn paperback. Looks like another read is in the near future on a cold winter's night when the football season is over.


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Re: Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6094081 - 09/21/13 08:45 PM

Totally loved this great book!!....we're all members of the Brotherhood!!!!

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