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Skywatchers 2012 Calendar – Wall Calendar, July 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Calendar: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.; Wal edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926936574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926936574
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 12.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stan Shadick teaches introductory and advanced astronomy courses at the University of Saskatchewan and supervises the university observatory. He is an active advocate for recreational stargazing and writes an astronomy column for various newspapers. This is his 16th Skywatchers calendar.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By imu ilu on December 7, 2011
Format: Calendar
ok, I haven't gotten the 2012 calendar yet, but I have gotten the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, etc. calendars. And I'm pleased to report that having looked each day at the 2011 (and 2010, 2009, etc.) calendars, that I'm ordering the 2012 calendar.

For those of you that have not gotten this calendar and thus wonder what it shows, let me briefly describe it. Each month shows a star chart, with labels for the 30 or so brightest stars and the 12 or so constellations in the area the chart is focused on. The chart doesn't show the whole sky, but focuses on about 1/6 (my rough estimate) of what one can see in the sky that month, 2 hours after sunset looking in an "interesting" direction. For example, May 2011 shows Cygnus (L) to Libra (R), Bootes (N) to Serpens Cauda (S), while February 2011 shows Cassiopeia (L) to Leo Minor (R), Cassiopeia (N) to Bootes (S).

Then, for each day in the month, there is about a 50 word description of something, ranging from (a) planets visible, (b) meteor showers, (c) names of the constellations and what the Greek myths say about them, (d) description of a particular star or nebula or galaxy, (e) Jupiter moon appearances or disappearances, (f) conjunctions of moon/planet/stars, and (g) so on, mixing them up (one day it's the Greek myths, the next day it's a description of a galaxy, the next day it's a conjunction, etc.

Also, three or so pictures (insets) each month show us what the conjunctions look like (for example, here is where Saturn is, here is where the Moon is, here is where Spica is, here is where Arcturus is, at the specified date April 16 2011 and time).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Bartlett on January 14, 2012
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I usually get the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) calendar, and I'll be going back to it. The reason? The RASC calendar has moon rise and set (and sun) for every single day, useful info for anyone planning observing sessions. It has tons of astronomical events marked, yet plenty of room on each day's square to write. Unfortunately, the skywatchers calendar is not practical. On some months, many of the squares are completely filled, making it rather useless as a personal calendar. It also doesn't have moon rise/set and phase for each day, again not practical for astronomers.

The skywatchers calendar does have a star chart for each month, but half the time these are for the southern sky, not useful (they should have done a northern and southern version instead). There are no directional indicators either on the star charts. The information for each day often concerns transits of Jupiter's moons; it does not have star party dates nor historical astronomical dates. Of the two, the RASC calendar is definitely the better choice for someone looking for a practical astronomy calendar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss L on January 15, 2012
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This calendar is filled with good information for fans of the audio StarDate programs and budding astronomers. However, super-imposing sky maps on photographs and filling most dates with multi-sentence descriptions requires very close reading rather than glances at the wall. Buyers interested in celestial themes might consider Lunar: A Glow in the Dark calendar instead.

Both the SkyWatchers and Lunar calendars are meant for viewing only. While SkyWatcher fills most date boxes with celestial facts, Lunar uses a black background to show daily moon phases.

SkyWatchers gets 5-stars for content and 3-stars for reading ease.
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I love the Skywatchers calendar. Each day is highlighted with an observational tip and the full month page shows the night sky constellations and where to look for the visible planets. The calendar also has up to four monthly inserts of certain days with special viewing treats such as the conjunction of Venus and Uranus on Feb 9. Perfect gift for the beginner sky watcher.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Long on January 10, 2013
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This calendar sounded great when I ordered it, IN 2013. I rated it one star not because it isn't fantastic, it is. I rated it one star because it is of very little value at the moment, seeing as how it is over a year old. Not sure why they are still selling it. Not to say that it isn't my own fault for buying it.
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