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 > > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.