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#51 BrentKnight

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 08:59 PM

Picked this one up at Barnes and Noble:

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Posted 17 May 2022 - 09:55 AM

Does finding a book you forgot you purchased (long ago) count as "recently acquired"?

 

If so - about a month ago I found a 'hidden pile' of books in an odd corner of the house that included a perfect copy of O'Meara's "Hidden Treasures" (out of print?). So.... it's now a book or three down my 'reading list'!
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Posted 18 May 2022 - 10:25 AM

Does finding a book you forgot you purchased (long ago) count as "recently acquired"?

 

If so - about a month ago I found a 'hidden pile' of books in an odd corner of the house that included a perfect copy of O'Meara's "Hidden Treasures" (out of print?). So.... it's now a book or three down my 'reading list'!
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The print edition is, regrettably, OOP. There is an ebook edition still available, however: https://www.cambridg...sures?format=AR

 

 

Another example of why, when a new astronomy title looks like it might be of use or interest to me, I buy it. 


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Posted 18 May 2022 - 12:25 PM

The print edition is, regrettably, OOP. There is an ebook edition still available, however: https://www.cambridg...sures?format=AR

 

 

Another example of why, when a new astronomy title looks like it might be of use or interest to me, I buy it. 

You can still find used copies at reasonable cost.  I got the second edition of Messier and Caldwell, but picked up the rest on eBay (including Southern Gems).


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Posted 19 May 2022 - 09:13 AM

You can still find used copies at reasonable cost.  I got the second edition of Messier and Caldwell, but picked up the rest on eBay (including Southern Gems).

My copy of Hidden Treasures still has the receipt in it - I paid $19.95 in December 2014 - from the old 'Sky & Tel'.


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Posted 19 May 2022 - 09:43 AM

I picked up a copy of H.A. Rey's The Stars a few weeks ago, mostly because I found one cheap.  It is a really well written book and does a good job of explaining concepts at a beginners level.

It is so good my bride claimed it as her own so I got myself another copy - an as new hardback and I bought another paperback version in excellent shape to give to friends just starting in the hobby.



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Posted 19 May 2022 - 10:07 AM

Not Carbon Stars, but here's my copy of the AL guide for the Herschel 400, printed in 1980.  Wow...I've been working on these since then??  Only 11 more to go though...

 

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It's always interesting to me to be able to compare older and newer versions of the same publication.

 

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 02:54 PM

Hardcover, practically new.

A couple of atlases also on the way.

No time, need to retire ASAP wink.gif

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 04:35 PM

Hardcover, practically new.

A couple of atlases also on the way.

No time, need to retire ASAP wink.gif

I have yet to see a hardcover of that one that was in my budget limitations. shocked.gif


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Posted 20 May 2022 - 12:31 AM

I have yet to see a hardcover of that one that was in my budget limitations. shocked.gif

 

Yeah, same here frown.gif  but I'm very happy for Alex! waytogo.gif

 

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 07:04 AM

Thank you, guys.

I've hunted this book through Amazon UK, and have to talk directly to seller, to persuade him ship the book to Canada.

As a bonus, looks like this book was send by Cambridge U. Press to Irish Astronomical Journal for review. Price wise, it was around $100 US.

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 07:47 AM

Congratulations! That book is a superb biography, easily worth what you paid for it. Below is a book review I did 25 years ago for our local club newsletter. A member, who was a professor or chemistry at a local university, said it was the best book review he had ever read...

 

 

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 11:12 AM

Thank you, guys.

I've hunted this book through Amazon UK, and have to talk directly to seller, to persuade him ship the book to Canada.

As a bonus, looks like this book was send by Cambridge U. Press to Irish Astronomical Journal for review. Price wise, it was around $100 US.

One of the more reliable ways to get hard-to-find or classic books is when professional observatories do a cull of books in their reference libraries. That’s how I scored an “original” reprint copy of the New General Catalogue with the IC1 IC2 supplements. This is extremely rare and hard to find (most deep sky observers who spend their time observing NGC objects have never actually seen a real copy of the NGC). Mine originated with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Library and is in absolutely pristine condition. I doubt if it was ever removed from the shelves. Although it’s not a book to read cover to cover, it is absolutely fascinating to thumb through, especially the “Notes” sections at the end of each catalogue, where Dreyer tries to make sense of deep sky objects observed once and then lost, or objects that had multiple observers but slightly different positions resulting in multiple NGC or IC numbers for single objects. Remember, this is from a time when most deep sky objects, even the bright ones, had only been observed by a handful of people in human history. All that was known about these objects was encapsulated in a line or two of text. You can usually only find print-on-demand copies nowadays at places like Amazon, better than nothing, I guess but these are usually only of the NGC itself and do not typically include the IC1 or IC2 as well.

 

So here’s another one you guys may want to chase...

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 11:56 AM

I've only ever seen the PDF. Like you said, better than nothing. Great find!

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 12:53 PM

I have yet to see a hardcover of that one that was in my budget limitations. shocked.gif

 

About 10 years I was able to get the hardcover edition for about $60.  I had never seen it that low.

 

It's a great read and I can't recommend it highly enough.



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Posted 20 May 2022 - 01:40 PM

I remember many years ago I was at the RAS in London and they were dumping copies for £5.Later they asked the Webb Soc to take what had left or they were going to pulverise them. I think I have two copies smile.gif



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Posted 20 May 2022 - 02:00 PM

Betterworldbooks has it on ebay for $110 US plus $8 shipping in very good condition.



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Posted 20 May 2022 - 08:02 PM

Betterworldbooks has it on ebay for $110 US plus $8 shipping in very good condition.

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Seriously, my astro budget is shot for the foreseeable future, due to the need to put wheels under the Three-legged Newt.


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Posted 20 May 2022 - 10:41 PM

Thank you, guys.

I've hunted this book through Amazon UK, and have to talk directly to seller, to persuade him ship the book to Canada.

As a bonus, looks like this book was send by Cambridge U. Press to Irish Astronomical Journal for review. Price wise, it was around $100 US.

Two years ago I felt very lucky to have found a paperback copy in very good shape for $30.


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Posted 26 May 2022 - 05:42 PM

The last friend that has arrived

 

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Posted 26 May 2022 - 05:46 PM

Great book!  It looks brand new...



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Posted 26 May 2022 - 06:38 PM

Great book!  It looks brand new...

+1  Enjoy it - great buy!

 

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Posted 31 May 2022 - 10:17 AM

Finally, received those two.

I was ordered them in different times, from different sellers, but books arrived at the same time, looks like they were sitting in post office for some time. But at least, they are here.

 

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 07:36 PM

Agnes Clarke's Discovering Double Stars: Double stars for light-polluted skies (Version 2022-1) just arrived!

 

I am about as excited to try this out as having a new telescope.

 

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The core of the book is two of these on each page, a grapical map and a verbal description.

 

There's much more in the 244 spiral bound print-on-demand pages. So, I will have a full review in a different topic.

 

Clear skies,

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 08:17 PM

Looking forward to that review.


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