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Sky and Telescope Reborn?

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Sky and Telescope Reborn?

I saw some people were having trouble with their S@T subs which raised the question: is it back where it was before the venture capitalists got their grubby mitts on it?

I recall a time when it was a superb read, catering for everyone from the new entrant to the seasoned observer, but there was a period, more recently, when it became little more than a thin comic that was 90% for newbies with a few small sops for the rest of us. They lost a lot of good writers around then.

How is it these days? 

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Good question

Grant, that's a good question.  I gave up taking it a few years back the content was no longer of any interest to me and never received more than the one quick read over breakfast coffee.  I too would be interested as to what the content is like these days.  I've not seen one on a magazine self locally  to check out for some years,

Eric

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S&T

Hopefully with the American Astronomical Association in charge of it they will get it back to where it once was, Pity Sue French left her Deep Sky Wonders column as that was very interesting, her book of the same name is an interesting reference source.

I've not seen one in WH Smith in Newport (where I work but live in a valley outside of it), since my wife imported me here 5 years ago. Also they don't seem to stock the other American magazine Astronomy either?

Seems in the UK S&T is off the newsstands?

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S&T availability

No problem getting the mag up here in one of the outer provinces - from the local WH Smith.

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S&T

They are in the process of moving to new distributors as well as trying to digest the WB inventory. I think the hope was this will be sorted by the end of October. We will have to see.

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Hi Grant. I have enjoyed the recent issues. Richard Wright, Rod Mollise and Dennis di Cicco know what they are talking about: the test reports in S&T are generally more incisive than those in the other mags. Bob King is very good with his celestial calendar. The general articles: the one on Saturn's moons in September was excellent, as was the one on RW Aur in August. Mat Wedel's binocular stuff is useful for me when using my RASA for lazy but enjoyable EAA (I get a couple of degrees).

I don't know how helpful this little commentary was, but it is still my mag of choice.

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Thanks

Thats really worth knowing. I shall try a copy the next time I see one....

The di Cicco reviews were always a high point for me. They could be trusted.

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A good read

It's difficult to compare against previous era's but I think the current S&T is a good read and worth the money. Possibly nearing its best. 

I have a digital subscription, so not subject to the vagaries of stock at the local WH Smith, or the postal system. I'm currently reading the December 2021 issue which hit my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Callum