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#26 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:43 AM

Does a late 70's Edmund Scientific catalog count?

 

All those great looking reflectors! The 8th grade teacher had several years worth and I started daydreaming about something better than the nearly useless 40mm KMart scope I'd gotten for the previous Christmas which lit the fire. Needless to say, after a while I finally convinced my dad to buy that "big" 4 1/4" f10 reflector with the red tube and waiting by the window to the UPS truck to arrive.

 

Miss those days and Sky and Tel filled with so many American made scope advertisements.

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 04:11 PM

I originally had the 1965 edition, and it got so dog eared and ragged from dew and use that I bought this one about 1978.

 

How many others remember and used to cherish this guide?

The 1965 edition was also my first astronomy book.  I still have it, picture attached.  The pages in the back, where the charts are, have detached, but I still open the book occasionally to reminisce.  As others have mentioned, there was a lot of information in that book.  Back in those pre-internet days, if I wanted to learn about astronomy, it was either that book, or the set of World Book encyclopedias my family had, or a trip to the library to get additional info!

 

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:20 AM

I originally had the 1965 edition, and it got so dog eared and ragged from dew and use that I bought this one about 1978.

How many others remember and used to cherish this guide?



This! I used to check it out of our school library so many times in the 60s that it was finally given to me. I still have a copy.
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#29 L. Regira

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:43 AM

This book was included with my Sears telescope (and I had more than one of each). The thing I will never forget was the mnemonic device to remember star classifications: "Wow! Oh Boy! A Fine Girl! Kiss Me Right Now Sweetie! " Then the powers that be went and modified the classifications to mess up the saying.

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:24 PM

I remember Oh Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me Right Now Smack.



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 03:42 PM

I still have this little book! From 1966 I think , I was 9 yrs old got a selsi 60mm refractor ( still have that as well!!) 

Given to me by my dad.... Thanks Dad...    Great first book .



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:37 PM

The 1965 edition was also my first astronomy book.  I still have it, picture attached.  The pages in the back, where the charts are, have detached, but I still open the book occasionally to reminisce.  As others have mentioned, there was a lot of information in that book.  Back in those pre-internet days, if I wanted to learn about astronomy, it was either that book, or the set of World Book encyclopedias my family had, or a trip to the library to get additional info!

 

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It may have not been my first but it was definitely in the "Top Five" around 1970.  I kept it in a small metal tool box that I took out when I observed with my 2.4 refractor. 




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