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Offline rob uk

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« on: 13:06:23, 18 September, 2004 »
:zzzz:  thats what this issue did to me.....is it just me..? or does anyone else here not give a flying f@@k what galileo did 400 years ago..pages and pages of hardcore scientific findings...who is this magazine acually aimed at..the science community..armchair astronomers who spend there nights reading another gripping chaper of the life and times of galileo....every now and then the mention briefly something of interest usually a whole 2 pages on imaging with a digicam  :roll:  we really need another magazine aimed more people like us that get out there when the skys are clear..and acually buy more than one piece of kit every decade..something more along the lines of S&T..the us has "Astronomy" for people who are really into the nitty gritty science

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« Reply #1 on: 13:20:49, 18 September, 2004 »
I haven't read this month's, but if last month's was anything to go by - all it helped me with was getting to sleep on two train journeys.

I think it's a bit outdated.  I think modern ammateurs like the idea of photographing what they see (whether or not they actually do) and I'd like to see more things like:

Reviews of cameras,
Reviews of scopes (not just one an issue max),
Interviews with ammateur astronomers at all levels talking about their kit, their observatories, their local problems etc,
Articles on webcam modding,
Articles on local clubs/ activities that might actually get you interested in going along,
Articles on observatories....

The list goes on. and on.

but instead, I get an explanation about some gyroscopic experiment to do with the general theory of relativity... as you said  :zzzz:
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« Reply #2 on: 14:05:37, 18 September, 2004 »
yeah , its not the greatest  :?  

I think S&T have hit the nail on the head with their content. they've got a bit of everything in their mag.  I can read S&T from cover to cover but AN I usually find I skip by some stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: 14:14:41, 18 September, 2004 »
After thumbing through last months copy i chose not to buy it as there was nothing interesting in it!!!!! i guess i won't be buying this months copy either..... Although there have been some good copies of the mag i feel that i can now get better more upto date info and articles off the net, via forums and online mags like photon

http://www.nightskyobserver.com/Photon/

Does the internet spell the end for specialist mag like ours or will they change the content to match the interest of the readers.
I supose we must also forward our comments to them to give them the chance to address the problems!!

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« Reply #4 on: 14:44:49, 18 September, 2004 »
I have to agree that Astronomy Now comes an easy 3rd place in the mags available to us (including the two US ones).  I only buy it to get a UK perspective on things.  I also buy the others too and would find it hard to choose between them, I like them both -- I wouldn't say the format is outdated, just Astronomy Now.

Although Andy, I do find the cosmology related things quite interesting.  The trouble with Astronomy Now is that they have too many short articles that skim the surface.  And too much history (we do owe Galileo rather a lot though :) ) I do think many of us could write some of those short pieces they have, quite easily.

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« Reply #5 on: 21:04:45, 18 September, 2004 »
If we want to be proactive, we could offer to have a regular article in Astronomy Now from the UKAstroImaging Forum - eg it could be a summary of interesting threads, plus a few photos from UKAstroImaging members, with occasional tips and hints.
I'm not sure whether Astronomy Now would be open to such a suggestion but it would make the magazine of more interest to us lot. What do people think of this idea ?
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« Reply #6 on: 22:33:47, 18 September, 2004 »
I like the idea -- you'd have to find someone to edit it (wouldn't mind myself) -- but the big question is: would AN be interested?  I am sure they wouldn't commit to a regular article initially, and they'd only be interested if they thought it would generate sales.

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« Reply #7 on: 22:38:39, 18 September, 2004 »
Maybe one of the forum mods should get in touch with AN to see what they think?

I have only ever bought one copy of AN. I have a browse through it in the shop each month, but there is never anything that I would want to buy it for.

Could maybe even see about getting an sponsor banner from them if the will have an article each month from the forum?
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« Reply #8 on: 00:26:26, 19 September, 2004 »
The best thing to do is write an article and send into AN and they may just publish it.

My impression from my dealings with them is they are very open to any article ideas.

 

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