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by Parkins
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Finally a Black Hole
Replies: 10
Views: 2448

Re: Finally a Black Hole

Yes, no surprise it is available on Amazon online.... I must really try and join the 21st century!
by Parkins
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Finally a Black Hole
Replies: 10
Views: 2448

Finally a Black Hole

Amazing news of the first direct image of a Black Hole in galaxy M87. Strangely I was part way through re-reading the novel BLACK HOLES by the S.F. writer Jerry Pournelle for the first time since 1978, it's been in my bookcase since then. In it he states " Black Holes remain a theory. No-one has eve...
by Parkins
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: What do you do with old magazines
Replies: 13
Views: 3570

Re: What do you do with old magazines

I have had a collection of S&T mags on the SPA classifieds site since Dec 2015, last look it was 2132 views- no takers. Still have them. The doctors waiting room idea was suggested before but I agree with Mike on that score. Will not throw them away so no problem. Different thing altogether - I was ...
by Parkins
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Does anyone use this forum
Replies: 28
Views: 8352

Re: Does anyone use this forum

Regarding Mike Feist's comment about ageing astronomers, this is a very relevant point for the continuation of the SPA generally. If this situation is recognised now then the future direction of the SPA can be planned and decided in good time by our committees, whoever they may be as the years role ...
by Parkins
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomical monthly magazines
Replies: 21
Views: 6504

Re: Astronomical monthly magazines

I have mentioned previously how Sky and Telescope is a shadow of it's former self. Back in the seventies (when I were a lad) trying to find a magazine to fan the flame of the amateur astronomer in me,S&T appeared in places like W.H.Smith. While today's mags. have much better production values I find...
by Parkins
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 3877

Re: Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005

Still Waiting ! :?: :shock:
by Parkins
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: University Astronomically Challenged
Replies: 11
Views: 3378

Re: University Astronomically Challenged

Jay- The question itself is rather vague since the Sun and Earth (and all the other planets) rotate around the gravitational barycentre of the solar system. Which, granted, is very close to the centre of the Sun but not the Sun itself. This effect is how astronomers have detected planets around othe...
by Parkins
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: What to do with 1997-2004 magazines and newsletters
Replies: 3
Views: 1828

Re: What to do with 1997-2004 magazines and newsletters

I suspect Brian is right. I have had a stack of Sky and Telescope mags. up for sale (or free, now) on the classifieds page since December, nearly 500 hits but no takers :( . I also have every Popular Astronomy re: Hermes, since 1979 but they don't take much shelf space so will keep those. :wink:
by Parkins
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 3877

Re: Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005

O.K. Make me an offer. All in good condition. :lol:
by Parkins
Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 3877

Sky and Telescope magazin8 1978-2005

SKY AND TELESCOPE mags. for sale. 1978 to 2005 306 issues in all 1978... 8-missing 1979... 6 missing 1980 to 2004 all issues 2005... 2 missing. Need the space plus gravitational pull of this physically heavy load no good for the bookcase. Fine coverage of late twentieth century astronomical progress...
by Parkins
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cambridge Convention
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Cambridge Convention

Another first-rate Convention run like clockwork as usual by Guy , Barry and helpers although we know that much hard work goes on behind the scenes. A mention should perhaps be made, considering the origin of the venue we were at and the statue of the chap in the grounds outside that this year would...
by Parkins
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Heavy Binocular Support
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Heavy Binocular Support

I have recently acquired a pair of Celestron 25x100 binoculars. Does anyone have any idea of a relatively cheap but workable bino. support for this heavy beast ? The parallelogram ideas I have seen on t'net seem very expensive and frankly Heath Robinson and appear to only support lighter units. I ha...
by Parkins
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sky at Night News
Replies: 38
Views: 6842

Re: Sky at Night News

Just when The Sky At Night was beginning to find it's feet with it's new format.

I'm sure the program could continue to be funded by the money freed up by the sacking of a mere one deadbeat BBC executive.

They cannot have their snouts in the trough and look at the stars at the same time.
by Parkins
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Edinburgh Meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

The Edinburgh Meeting

Just back in my B.and B. after a brilliant meeting at the Scottish Royal Observatory. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation - carried off with efficiency and humour. No excuse not to be your local expert on exoplanets, the James Web telescope, Piazzi Smyth or taking photos outside in a...
by Parkins
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Popular Astronomy
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Popular Astronomy

I feel it should be recorded just how impressive the front covers of the last two issues have been. The Patrick cover I feel was sublime and to get David Hardy to provide covers for what is essentially a restricted circulation club mag. is something newsagent astronomy mags would give their eye-teet...