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#276 frivera3

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 10:41 PM

Yeah I agree 2020 is messed up in so many different ways, it will be a year none of us will ever forget

Looking forward to 2021- can't imagine it being exactly the same, much less worse, than this year 



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 02:25 PM

2020 continues to be a disaster, in my view, at least.

Ok, lets look at this and see bright aspects of 2020 not only dark ones. We had an amazing comet (C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) not so long ago, Mars opposition last month, news that Edward R. Byers Co. may be resurrected, news that some sort of deal regarded Willmann-Bell books is in works and great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is coming 21 December 2020, . Not to mention that due to current situation some of us had much more time for observing then before. I understand that COVID and social unrest were depressing in many different ways but from point of view of astronomy would not call 2020 total loss. 


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Posted 03 December 2020 - 02:37 PM

Ok, lets look at this and see bright aspects of 2020 not only dark ones. We had an amazing comet (C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) not so long ago, Mars opposition last month, news that Edward R. Byers Co. may be resurrected, news that some sort of deal regarded Willmann-Bell books is in works and great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is coming 21 December 2020, . Not to mention that due to current situation some of us had much more time for observing then before. I understand that COVID and social unrest were depressing in many different ways but from point of view of astronomy would not call 2020 total loss. 

Once again hmm.gif  an amazing comet seems to have been a bad/good omen for what has/is still to come.
 


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Posted 03 December 2020 - 06:25 PM

Ok, lets look at this and see bright aspects of 2020... Not to mention that due to current situation some of us had much more time for observing then before... 

:) I caught up on many missed nights of observing during the two weeks in July I was quarantined after catching that covid bug.  Made my 2 weeks less boring, at least the nights.



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 10:56 PM

Ok, lets look at this and see bright aspects of 2020 not only dark ones. We had an amazing comet (C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) not so long ago, Mars opposition last month, news that Edward R. Byers Co. may be resurrected, news that some sort of deal regarded Willmann-Bell books is in works and great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is coming 21 December 2020, . Not to mention that due to current situation some of us had much more time for observing then before. I understand that COVID and social unrest were depressing in many different ways but from point of view of astronomy would not call 2020 total loss. 

 

Hear hear.  Other stuff notwithstanding, this has been one of my best observing years in a long time


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Posted Yesterday, 05:22 PM

As an outsider, it is interesting to see so much love and discussion around Willmann-Bell. I’m one of the owners grandchildren, and have done some editing work on the Annals series in the past for them. But for the most part, it’s a small operation. Just my grandparents who are both getting old. I’ve been impressed by how they’ve maintained the business for so long. Unfortunately, just confirming that a combination of sudden bad health issues and server issues have made operation impossible. But they’re in the process of getting their ducks in a row as best as they can. But I’m happy to see so much admiration in this forum. Thank you for the support!
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Posted Yesterday, 05:37 PM

I was really hoping it was only the server and software help issue and not health issues.

 

Best wishes for you and your extended family.



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Posted Yesterday, 05:49 PM

They have done a remarkable job. How they started, grew and maintained a small business with so much reach, stability and integrity would be worth a (long) story all by itself. Perhaps the legacy will continue.

 

All the best to the both of them.

 

Bob M.


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#284 Mike McShan

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Posted Yesterday, 06:19 PM

As an outsider, it is interesting to see so much love and discussion around Willmann-Bell. I’m one of the owners grandchildren, and have done some editing work on the Annals series in the past for them. But for the most part, it’s a small operation. Just my grandparents who are both getting old. I’ve been impressed by how they’ve maintained the business for so long. Unfortunately, just confirming that a combination of sudden bad health issues and server issues have made operation impossible. But they’re in the process of getting their ducks in a row as best as they can. But I’m happy to see so much admiration in this forum. Thank you for the support!

I wish nothing but the best for you and your grandparents. We in the amateur astronomy community are very grateful for the contribution that Willmann-Bell has made over the years.

 

Blessing and happy holidays.

 

Clear skies,

Mike


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Posted Yesterday, 06:44 PM

I was really hoping it was only the server and software help issue and not health issues.

 

Best wishes for you and your extended family.

 

+1 Yes, best wishes for you and your family.


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#286 SandyHouTex

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Posted Yesterday, 08:08 PM

As an outsider, it is interesting to see so much love and discussion around Willmann-Bell. I’m one of the owners grandchildren, and have done some editing work on the Annals series in the past for them. But for the most part, it’s a small operation. Just my grandparents who are both getting old. I’ve been impressed by how they’ve maintained the business for so long. Unfortunately, just confirming that a combination of sudden bad health issues and server issues have made operation impossible. But they’re in the process of getting their ducks in a row as best as they can. But I’m happy to see so much admiration in this forum. Thank you for the support!

I have always loved Willmann-Bell.  When I needed a book, they always had it.  When I needed mirror grinding supplies, they always had what I needed.  It may have been small, but a they were great in my eyes.

 

I still remember an article in S&T (may it rest in peace), where the owner of Willmann-Bell, Perry Ramkulus?, built and brought to Stellafane the first Tri-Scheifspeigler telescope.  It was amazing.  I’m still working on mine.




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