Astronomy magazines.

11 years 5 months ago #68518 by pj30something
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None of the shops i have checked sell such mags as "The Sky at Night" or any of the other biggies.

I have not checked such places as Easons yet. Should i?

Maybe i should just subscribe online to a couple.

What would be YOUR choice?

I get the AI mag monthly and i really do like it.

But i'm hungry for MORE.

Paul C
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11 years 4 months ago #68563 by Petermark
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There are only two good English language magazines:

1. Sky and Telescope.
www.skyandtelescope.com/

2. Scientific American (Covers all the sciences but is excellent for astronomy.):
www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=astronomers...rnovas-first-moments

The rest are for beginners.

Mark.
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11 years 4 months ago #68564 by artyfarty
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Personally I get both "The Sky at Night" and "Astronomy Now" and find them both excellent nothing too heavy but easy to pick up and scan through during lunch.

I've tried "Sky and Telescope" a few times and although their good articles I just don't like the way it's laid out (I used to do that for a living). I would agree that "Scientific American" is good for all round science but you can normally get those good articles on their website.

Ask yourself do you want a quick read, a magazine you can pick up and put down or do you want a serious scientific magazine which will get quite technical. Personally I'm quit happy with the first option.

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11 years 4 months ago #68565 by jeyjey
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Easons does carry most of these magazines.

Of the US ones, I prefer Astronomy to Sky and Telescope. But the observing guides aren't as useful in either of them since they cover a different range of latitude and longitude.

For local content I used to prefer Astronomy Now, even though I find the layout and presentation of the magazine quite amateurish. Lately I've been buying Sky at Night more often....

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11 years 4 months ago #68567 by albertw
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Easons carries S&T.

Have to agree with Petermark for once! S&T is really the only one worth getting. And SciAm, when it does astronomy stuff, is great. Nature is imo better than Sci am if you can find it. Most of the really cool stuff will be in SciAm & Nature a month before the Astro mags print it.

So if I was subscribing again I'd go for S&T & Nature.

Albert White MSc FRAS
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11 years 4 months ago #68578 by Frank Ryan
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Well PJ, my view is that it all depends.
I reckon you can't beat the Sky at Night Mag.
Its great for beginners and intermediate level interest.
It comes with a cd with the last SAN tv show and also a
monthly whats up segment voiced over by moore & lintot.

It covers all areas broadly and it's great that it's local.

I get S&T and S@N.

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11 years 4 months ago #68580 by dave_lillis
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Hi, For me its sky and telescope, followed by Astronomy Now.
I like sky&night mag but its a little expensive and seems to me to be aimed more at beginners.

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11 years 4 months ago #68581 by michaeloconnell
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I find Practical Astronomer to be by far the best.
Not available in the shops though.

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11 years 4 months ago #68583 by Frank Ryan
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I find Practical Astronomer to be by far the best.
Not available in the shops though.


Never heard of that one Mike.

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11 years 4 months ago #68586 by michaeloconnell
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www.practicalastronomer.com/

You can buy one issue at a time if you just want to see what it is like. I bought the first few and then subscribed to it. My S&T will expire next January but I don't plan to renew it as this magazine is alot better IMHO.

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11 years 4 months ago #68589 by william coghlan
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Michael,
I checked the Practical Astronomer site and it certainly looks good. If subscribing do Irish purchasers identify themselves as U.K. or Europe?

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11 years 4 months ago #68590 by mia
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I subscribe to Sky at Night, it was suggested to me a few years back as a beginners mag and whilst I like to think I've moved on a bit since then, I still enjoy it, the cover disc as mentioned before, is excellent, and I love checking the images to see if I know any of the people who took them. :wink:


There is also Sky & Telescope on line where I've lost a few hours perusing it on a cloudy night.

www.skyandtelescope.com/

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11 years 4 months ago #68594 by Frank Ryan
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Practical Astronomer looks great.
I think I'll give it a shot.

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11 years 4 months ago #68596 by stevie
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Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Now for me. Sue French writes for Sky and Telescope. What else do you need to know? Although I do like Sky at Night's comparison test pages every month. I always read that article before buying the other two magazines. :)

stevie

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11 years 4 months ago #68597 by phoenix
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Glad you put the link up again Michael. I remember you telling me about the mag but forgot what it was called. I stopped buying S@N due to price, I occassionally buy Astronomy Now and I am half way through a 2 year subscription to S&T. I hate the new toilet paper S&T mag plus its mainly full of ads. Think I may place a subscription to Practical Astronomer.

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11 years 4 months ago #68604 by Seanie_Morris
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It's funny, no one mentioned NOT getting astronomy magazines. I guess I'm the first then! I get all my news online. But, if I am inclined to look for an astronomy magazine, it is Astronomy Now (and Réalta, when that was in print... ;)).

Seanie.

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11 years 4 months ago #68606 by calchas
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To answer the question

Sky at Night is carried by Easons (nassau st and blanchardstown) and by Borders (blanchardstown)
I have and do purchase it at those stores

Steve

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11 years 4 months ago #68608 by artyfarty
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...it is Astronomy Now (and Réalta, when that was in print... ;)).

Seanie.


*cough* Réalta is in print *cough*

:evil: Mr Morris you and I will be having words

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11 years 4 months ago #68610 by Seanie_Morris
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...it is Astronomy Now (and Réalta, when that was in print... ;)).

Seanie.


*cough* Réalta is in print *cough*

:evil: Mr Morris you and I will be having words


:D Poor John!

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