Monday, May 17, 2010

A New Copy Of A Old Friend

I have had a copy of this atlas for many years. I love its simplicity, content and easy layout. It has been a constant outreach friend and quick resource when I'm out with the public as it is seen on my outreach resource table. I truly enjoy this guide except from its poor binding which breaks apart. This old copy was purchased in '96 and is well worn and barely held together with packing tape. The other thing is that the new addition does not have the same feel and layout as this one which was first published in '84.

Well sure enough I was able to locate a copy of the original from a private seller and at a wonderful price. It arrived Friday and is in totally new condition. This one will sit on my bed stand table for now and will be perused at night before sleepy time. What is with the Sidewalk Guy's connection with this guide? What about my old one? Should I take it apart and put the charts in page liners for my outreach binder? The thought of dismantling this well worn copy is troublesome. Can this pocket guide have a second life? Can this backyard astronomer outreach guy get over this?


Paulie said...

I've never seen this before, but I think it's cool in this age of Stellarium that a simple star atlas is a treasured resource. One of my firsy astronomy books was a 1982 edition of "Peterson's Field Guide to the Night Sky" that I bought at a used book sale for 50 cents. I didn't use it long because I updated to the 2006 edition. The old copy is kicking around here somewhere, and I'd like to find, so I can take it out in public with me. I have it in my head that if I find it, and come across a really good prospect, I'm going to give it away someday, but a part of me wonders if I can really part ways with the old book.

NiteSkyGirl Blog said...

One of my old friends as well, a great guide!