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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:10 AM

Does anyone recall a book from the 1960's called "Astronomy and the Telescope"...? by Marvin Riemer. It was printed in Japan for "Scope" aka Sears & Roebuck. It has no ISDN number, and as near as I can tell was never sold in stores. I think this was a mailorder-only item from either the Sears Catalog or from the literature that came with "Scope" branded telescopes.

At any rate, I found one on eBay. I was surprised when it showed up yesterday. It's a nice size hardback book (not a thick pamphlet like Tasco's "Worlds Beyond") and it is quite informative.......and interesting in a quaint way. Much of the information is dated of course, but it's well written and filled with information useful to the beginner-intermediate level stargazer. I was hoping it would have some ads for Scope/Sears telescopes in it somewhere, but it doesn't. That figures - the ONE time you actually WANT some ads and you don't get them!

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:57 AM

If it is the book I remember it had a photo of the crab nebula on the cover and a way to remember the star classifications WOBAFGKMRNS (Wow!Oh Boy! A Fine Girl! Kiss Me Right Now Sweetie!) If that is the book I really enjoyed it back in the day. I had two of them and as I recall they both disintegrated over time due to poor binding. I recall they were softcover however. As far as ads, did you try to get Sears Wish books from the era? I bid on one or two in the past but it went beyond what I was willing to pay.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:02 AM

Hi Lawrence,

This one only has the title in block print on the cover. The dustjacket is missing, so it may or may not have had a photo on it.

I wish I had hoarded my parent's old Sears catalogs as a kid. They are worth a fortune now. They fetch silly prices on eBay. You know how many of these are laying around rotting in basements and attics? I had thought about putting a "Wanted - Your old Sears catalogs" type of ad in the Cajun Trader (or one of the other local papers) - heck, I might get some calls from folks who don't know what they are worth and just want to clear out junk.

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:38 AM

I gave it away, complete with the mint "Scope" 60mm setup , to a fellow church member... I don't know if he read the book, but he reports enjoying the scope...

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:46 AM

Here is the book I am talking about. I don't know if it is the same as yours. Lawrence
http://www.antiqbook...wo/050747.shtml

I just ordered one through Amazon for $3.00 and a trip down memory lane.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:20 AM

Yup, that's it, except mine is missing the dustjacket. :)

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:39 PM

I have this book also. It came with the basically unused 60's Sears 46305-A that I bought recently, although mine is a paperback.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 01:47 AM

When I was a kid the main staple for the outhouse was the sears catalog........really true! :lol: OK, maybe thats a bit graphic. I believe I have this little "book" in one of my scope cases. I'll have to look through them and see now.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 09:11 PM

It appears that Marvin F. Riemer died at age 84 last month. http://query.nytimes...755C0A9619C8B63
I got the book today and even though it has been probably 35 years since I last read it I still remembered most of it as I perused it again today. Now if I could only remember what I ate for breakfast and lunch.

Lawrence


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