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#1 vsteblina

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 04:14 PM

Just got this in my inbox as a Sky and Telescope subscriber.....

 

Wow...great news. I would give them a lifetime subscription at this point!!

 

https://fwmedia-mkt-...s-mya-hs-190618

 

 


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 04:15 PM

I'm the first to break this news?

 

https://www.skyandte...sky-telescope/ 

 

 

 



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 04:16 PM

Sorry no.  See the later posts in...

 

https://www.cloudyni...-11-bankruptcy/



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 04:16 PM

Great news ! As an expression of my support I am going to renew my subscription for 3 years...


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 04:23 PM

From the press release......

 

"Before he became AAS Press Officer in 2009, astronomer Rick Fienberg worked at S&T for 22 years, serving from 2001 to 2008 as Editor in Chief. Upon learning of F+W's financial difficulties, he suggested that the magazine could be a good fit for the AAS, which publishes two of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the field — the Astronomical Journal (AJ) and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) — and which recently created an Amateur Affiliate category of membership for backyard astronomers, many of whom collaborate on scientific research with their professional counterparts. AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel agreed and wrote a detailed proposal to the Board of Trustees, who unanimously endorsed the idea of trying to acquire S&T's business assets, not only because of S&T's close strategic alignment with the Society's own goals, but also because it would enhance the AAS's ability to connect with amateur astronomers and the general public."

 

I think we ALL owe thanks to Rick Fienberg and Kevin Marvel.....great work. 

 

Historically, Sky and Telescope was always a collaboration between the professional astronomical community and the amateur.  

 

I hope that AAS uses Sky and Telescope not only for public outreach, but also policy issues on astronomical issues. 

 

More info here: https://www.foliomag...s-mya-hs-190618


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 05:11 PM

I just got the email too. Great news!


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 08:31 PM

This is utterly fantastic news!

 

Perhaps we will be seeing mathematical equations on the pages of S&T again.

 

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 08:44 PM

Yes.  Great news.  I feel better knowing that S&T will survive and has the potential to be of high quality.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 01:34 AM

According to a posting on the Sky and Telescope website, the American Astronomical Society has reached agreement in bankruptcy court to acquire Sky and Telescope. Details yet to be worked out. This could be very good news.

 

Sky and Telescope has been with me since 1962. While it has changed as have the times, it has always been there to encourage and enlighten. Yeah, I still have most of the paper copies on shelves in closet and elsewhere.  It will be interesting to see the direction it goes under new leadership.


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#10 39.1N84.5W

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 06:09 AM

It is final. https://www.skyandte...-sky-telescope/

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 07:07 AM

Read that this morning also. Great news!



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 07:09 AM

Oh wow, this is tremendous! Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:22 AM

This is wonderful news. This would seem to put an end to S&T's woes and mismanagement, in appropriate advertising etc.  I have not been a subscriber for a number of years, I think it's time to re-up, if only to support the American Astronomical Society.  

 

Some days are bad days.. you find out the owners of S&T are going bankrupt.  Some days are good days.. Today is a good day.

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:55 AM

 have no problem with the ads, nothing inappropriate about them, they were not offensive, they are full page color ads which add a lot of money to the revenue needed to keep the magazine in print.

just because they weren't astro related doesn't make them inappropriate



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:47 AM

I am very relieved and excited. For me this is motivation to finally join the AAS and become active there.

 

S&T has been part of my life for almost as long as I remember - going back to taking bus trips once a month to downtown Cleveland on my own at 13 just to get each new issue.

 

At one time I even had all the issues going back to the 40's.

 

Its a good news day for sure!



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:38 PM

Link.

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:57 PM

Looks like a happy ending!


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:05 PM

Now this is exciting!  I may have to start subscribing to S&T again. :)



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:54 PM

This gives S&T a purpose other than "compete head-on with Astronomy Magazine and sell ads."

 

And it helps redefine amateur astronomy as something other than just a hobby like quilting or needlecraft.  It is science.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:12 PM

I'll re-up, I let it lapse a few years ago when I was splitting my time between here and California.  Great news and welcome news here applause.gif



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:53 AM

I hope they return to providing the electronic version as PDFs, I didn't like the previous publisher's decision to use the proprietary Zinio format.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 02:11 AM

That's a really positive news! Wish them the best!

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 04:25 AM

Now this is exciting!  I may have to start subscribing to S&T again. smile.gif

I am thinking that also so subscription for one year trial ordered.

 

Any ideas for what this mean for changes in the magazinequestion.gif

and for those in the know, how long until the new management

can install their changes.

 

ecj


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:56 AM

So far, this is just an announcement of what is almost certainly going to happen.  They haven't handed over the keys yet.  There's probably still some paperwork and final approvals to go through before the AAS takes control.



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:30 AM

I was a subscriber to S&T from the early 80's until about ten years ago or so when I perceived the transition of the magazine to a fluffy ad filled magazine more akin to Astronomy magazine than a true science magazine.   Some of the content also seemed to be "dumbed down" and filled with useless eye catching titles/graphics that just seemed unnecessary.

 

I had renewed my subscription last year but again found more of the same.   I hope that this change will see a return to a more traditional format.   I was thinking of cancelling but I will give the AAS a year or two of run time to effect some positive changes. 


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