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Sky & Telescope

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The complete resource for amateur astronomers for over 70 years, Sky & Telescope provides readers with information on observing the sky, offering reviews and buyer's guide information on the latest products as well as tips, how-to's and much more. Published 12 times a year.

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  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: F+W Subscription Services, LLC
  • ASIN: B00008BFWB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Telescope than Sky March 4, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've subscribed to this magazine for years even though my main interest is cosmology. Even professional astronomers subscribe so we highly recommend this magazine.
In my opinion, it's the most professionally done popular astronomy magazine, better than "Astronomy" and more focused than "Discovery." S&T has many gorgeous astro-photos, mostly done by pros with fab equipment as well as images from the Hubble. So why does the magazine devote more than half its pages and articles to amateur telescopes and accessories? Because that's what pays the bills! So I've packed up my telescope and left it in the garage, but I still subscribe because every issue has at least one article (feature or news) about science. The monthly star map, cepheid graph, and NEWS make the rapidly increasing subscription price still worth it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Product Delights & Educates... May 23, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Although I am a bigger fan of Astronomy magazine, I am a loyal subscriber to Sky & Telescope because I enjoy the detailed equipment and product reports, the book reviews, "Sky at a Glance," Event calendars, gallery, featured articles, and news notes. The companion website is awesome as well.

One intriguing section of the magazine always looks back to its past issues reminding readers how far the field of astronomy has come in the last century. This is actually a great context-providing feature that celebrates humanity's on going interest in the universe.

What I have observed--being a subscriber to both Astronomy and Sky & Telescope--is this: each magazine has its own unique personality, and each magazine potentially appeals to a kindred reader personality. Readers who like jazzy, topical, but engaging articles in an easy to thumb through, approachable format and language will enjoy Astronomy. [I am drawn to Astronomy's design and personality.] Readers who like an elegant, more formal format and who want to dig more deeply into astro-science concepts, into scientific data / analysis, or into product information may find Sky & Telescope more satisfying.

For me, subscribing to both magazines completes my astro diet--with all the necessary "food" (topic) groups included: Meal and dessert. It is interesting to see what each magazine emphasizes each month. Each magazine always offers something really cool and thought-provoking.

My best advice is try before you buy: go to a library or local news stand to view the current product of each magazine, and then decide which mag captures your interests, astro skill-level, and / or reader personality the most.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best September 21, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I am a retired English Professor and amateur astronomer, and I have subscribed to Sky and Telescope for over 20 years. It is the most professionally produced magazine I have ever read.
Its writing is mature and superbly edited, its photographs are beautifully rendered, its staff continually improves the magazine through better editing and production, and it provides articles on a broad range of subjects: the latest space probes and research; the dating of paintings or historical events by the night sky; Hubble and amateur photographs; meteor showers; what's up in tonight's sky; star maps; calendars of events world-wide; reviews of telescopes, accessories, computer software, and books; and more.
Sky and Telescope is widely read by professional astronomers and is probably bought by more amateurs world-wide than any other astronomy magazine.

If you have never looked through a telescope, if you use a telescope often, or if you have a telescope that you have packed up, this magazine should stimulate you to go out to see the night sky and discover where we live and what we live for.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still read every issue cover to cover. August 20, 2009
By Allan
Subscription Term Name:1 year
My delight in observing the clear and starry night sky, with all my senses, began in my early teens, nearly 60 years ago. Sky & Telescope has been there as an inspiring thread of intense interest as my life, education and work dominated my most serious time and energy commitments. But off and on I've found time to build and purchase telescopes and other optical devices and equipment to enhance and expand my explorations of stargazing and taking pictures of celestial objects. I've subscribed to S&T fairly consistently for over 40 years, and off and on prior to that. I also dual subscribed to Astronomy for its first 10-12 years of publication back in the late 70s and the 80s. For my interests, it became clear that S&T was a better investment, though Astronomy magazine had its strengths.

I look back and marvel at the evolution of optical engineering and imaging technology, not to mention the explosive expansion of our knowledge of the universe. Sky & Telescope magazine, through several generations of editors, expansions and upgrades has kept me connected to the variety of activities open to motivated amateur astronomers. I like its strong coverage of observing and imaging gear, the beautiful images the creative elicit from the sky above, the progress of the international space programs, the latest expansions of cosmological knowledge and theory and the leading edge research by amateurs who contribute data valuable to the professionals. Most of it, due to my life's other commitments, has been enjoyed vicariously, as an armchair enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stargazers reference
Good reference for anyone interested in astronomy. Has charts and info for backyard astronomers. Up to date astronomy news summaries.
Published 19 days ago by LionRoyal
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this magazine
Great magazine. Gives you all kinds of information so you can find out what's going on in the sky each month.
Published 1 month ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
Issues arrive just before the month begins
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My son loves this. He has a telescope, majored in physics, teaches at a community college, and spends a lot of
time star-gazing. I renew this for him every year as a gift.
Published 13 months ago by Carol Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars The recipient is very pleased.
Purchased as a gift. The recipient is very pleased.
Published 13 months ago by Lazarus
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Reminder of God's Magnificent Creation
I read this magazine to remind me of the wondrous universe created by Almighty God. (Even though the magazine regularly implies there is no God.)
Published 15 months ago by Guy A. Edson
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