[AZ-Observing] Re: Celestial Portraits Book Available at Messier Marathon

  • From: "Randy Peterson" <rgpeterson@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 19:28:38 -0700

Tom, since I cannot make it to the MM, would you save me a copy?  I can pick
it up at the next EVAC meeting, if that's OK?

Randy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Polakis" <tpolakis@xxxxxxx>
To: <AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 8:51 AM
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Celestial Portraits Book Available at Messier
Marathon


> 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
>
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