Sky and Telescope late

10 years 9 months ago #73121 by dave_lillis
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October issue, are you joking me :laugh:
seems like that since they been bought out last year that they've lost some headline people, changed the layout for the worse, lost the solid spine so it no longer fits the binders and now their distribution is run by Homer Simpson.
For now I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they're in the middle of a change of distributors so what happens over the next 3 months or so will decide if I cancel my subscription.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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10 years 9 months ago - 10 years 9 months ago #73127 by ayiomamitis
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Well, now I am getting very p*ssed off .... I took great joy in having my issues appear six weeks before the cover date and my October issue has yet to arrive. On the basis of past experience, it is now ONE MONTH late.

Makes me wonder if slowly we are seeing the decline of one of the most recognized names in amateur astronomy?!

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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10 years 9 months ago #73133 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Sky & Telescope used to appear 5 to 2 weeks before the deadline (1st of the month on the cover). The last one (i.e. Sep 2008) appeared 2 weeks after the dealine.

Looking at their web page I notice they refer to the subscription as 'Foreign'. For many years it used to say 'expedited' as well, has expedited gone by the way side?

John

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10 years 9 months ago #73171 by Calibos
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I've had the October issue of S&T in our shop for over a week now. Looks like retail is ahead of subscription now.

Keith D.

16" Meade Lightbridge Truss Dobsonian with Servocat Tracking/GOTO
Ethos 3.7sx,6,8,10,13,17,21mm
Nagler 31mm

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10 years 9 months ago #73323 by johnflannery
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Hi all,

I phoned Sky and Telescope customer services last night and explained all our frustrations to them. It took a while for them to get the message that it wasn't just me who is seeing the magazine being delivered late, but virtually every subscriber in Ireland.

I also mentioned to the rep that on Cloudy Nights there have been comments from a number of subscribers in other European countries who are similarly experiencing delays. To be honest, I can only hope that my comments are escalated up the line by the service person. Another option might be to post to Cloudy Nights ourselves as Sean Walker and Tony Flanders (both Asst. Editors of the magazine) frequent the Stellar Media forum.

Fingers crossed!

John

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10 years 9 months ago #73325 by ayiomamitis
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John,

I just sent a message to Dennis di Cicco at S&T with a similar complaint. I used to get my issues five weeks prior to the cover date and, now, my Oct/2008 has yet to arrive.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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10 years 9 months ago #73326 by phoenix
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My October issue arrived on Monday. Most of it is old news by now though.

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
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10 years 9 months ago #73343 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Some countries in Europe (e.g. those here in UK) appear to get the magazine quicker. Hope there is a response from S&T about the problem, they have been good in the past about such things.

If not, I will mention the problem to Robert Naeye while I am in the USA later in the month,

still looking foward to getting my S&T,

John

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10 years 9 months ago #73468 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

My October S&T arrived yesterday (6th Oct),

John

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10 years 9 months ago #73473 by dave_lillis
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Mine came yesterday, only a week late.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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10 years 9 months ago #73476 by michael_murphy
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Mine came yesterday as well.

Michael.

IFAS Chairperson.

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10 years 9 months ago - 10 years 9 months ago #73488 by stepryan
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i recieved mine yesterday also.

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10 years 9 months ago #73512 by Seanie_Morris
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What about those of you that didn't get the September issue? Was it a no-show?

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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10 years 9 months ago #73514 by michael_murphy
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My September issue turned up about 2 or three weeks into September.

Michael.

IFAS Chairperson.

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10 years 9 months ago #73527 by ayiomamitis
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Gents,

My issue for Oct/2008 finally arrived today. I was informed they had some printing issues and, hence, for the delay.

Anthony.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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10 years 9 months ago #73605 by phoenix
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Looks like they are back on track, got the November issue today.

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
ancarraigobservatory.co.uk/

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10 years 9 months ago - 10 years 9 months ago #73758 by michael_murphy
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My November issue arrived on the doorstep today.

Michael.

IFAS Chairperson.

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10 years 9 months ago #73759 by michaeloconnell
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same here.

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10 years 8 months ago #73824 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Glad to see the November 08 S&T is arriving.

I mentioned it to Robert Naeye (Editor in chief S&T) and he said there was a problem with the printers.

Robert gave an excellent after dinner talk at the AAVSO Fall Meeting on Nantucket.

Plenty of time to surf the web - as weather has marooned us on the island!

John

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10 years 8 months ago #73828 by dave_lillis
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A number of here in SAC got the October issue again last week and then got the November a few days later, their printers are definitely having some issues.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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10 years 8 months ago #73942 by ayiomamitis
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Folks,

With my subscription for S&T expiring in 2010, earlier today I received a renewal notice .... such an early request for renewal worries me somewhat. :unsure:

They were offering a $5 credit for the early renewal.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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10 years 8 months ago #73943 by johnflannery
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Got the November issue recently myself.

Interesting about the renewal notice Anthony. I got two notices the last couple of months even though I had extended my subscription in June to 2011. I'm going to let all my other astronomy magazines subs lapse because I just don't get time to read them anymore!

atb,

John

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10 years 8 months ago #73947 by stepryan
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i sent them a email last week as i got the november issue but not the october one. the replied that that the two of them were posted around the same time and that i should wait a few days. if it doesn't come this week i am going to have to mail them again. we i suppose i should be happy at least this time they bothered to answer my email.

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10 years 8 months ago #73948 by ayiomamitis
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skynotes wrote:

Interesting about the renewal notice Anthony. I got two notices the last couple of months even though I had extended my subscription in June to 2011.

I am hoping it is a strategic move on their part in advance of the forthcoming problems with the economy (recessions etc) rather than something more serious than that.

I'm going to let all my other astronomy magazines subs lapse because I just don't get time to read them anymore!

This is something I am careful with as well. Three magazines which I support whole-heartedly via a subscription are Astronomy, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy, for I find the content interesting and they also have shown a lot of interest in my work.

With S&T, my subscription is into double digits (years) but at times I have wondered whether the end of the line for me personally has come or not. It is very rare that a complete issue will capture my attention and quite often an article will be of interest at best. Some columnists (ex. David Levy) I completely ignore (too much rambling about anything and everything with no direction and simply provides the equivalent of a blog in printed form). The paper the magazine is printed on is very poor and especially when looking at the gallery section where photos seem like newsprint quality.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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10 years 8 months ago #73952 by phoenix
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The paper the magazine is printed on is very poor and especially when looking at the gallery section where photos seem like newsprint quality.


Completely agree on that one. I will be letting my subscription lapse and I will flick through it in Easons to decide to buy or not. Cutting costs may be the straw that breaks the mags back.

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
ancarraigobservatory.co.uk/

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