The following is an infomercial announcement... During a six-year period ending this month, Astronomy magazine published a series of observing articles I wrote for them under the name "Celestial Portraits". The series ran for 45 articles until we ran out of sky to cover. Along the way, I was told countless times that the articles should be compiled into a book. Thanks to the tireless effort of Peter Argenziano, the articles are now assembled in a single volume. I will bring the books to the Messier marathon, where they will be available for $5. The book contains all of the articles and two companion tables of all 798 objects: one sorted by article and the other by R.A. Peter turned what began as a modest copying project on my part into something much, much better. The articles were scanned into a PDF file, repaginated, an index was added, and all of this was very sturdily spiral bound and covered. He was able to do this for me for not much more than the price of paper and binding, for which I cannot thank him enough. I wanted to make zero profit, but even at the low $5 price tag, I'll make more than a dollar per book to give to the IDA. Since the books are still no more than black & white copies, and essentially being given away, I have been given the permission of the magazine to make this offer. If you're interested, my dark blue Nissan pickup with light-blue shell will be parked at the southeast corner of the field next to my 20-inch scope. I should be able to make it to the site by 4 p.m. or so. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. Tom -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.