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Sky At Night 2017 Yearbook

6 Dec 2016, 09:10 UTC
Sky At Night 2017 Yearbook
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Yes, the Sky At Night 2017 Yearbook has finally appeared on the shelves in Kendal’s WH Smiths, so I can complete my annual review of all the various yearbooks/guides available in newsagents.
In previous years the SaN Yearbook has been sold as a stand-alone publication, like a special edition of the magazine. Popular with newcomers to astronomy and more experienced amateurs alike, it features what you’d expect from a yearbook – a guide to the sky for each month, plus articles and features to help you get the most out of the astronomical year ahead. This year the SaN team has done things a little differently by making the yearbook part of a “Bumper Value Stargazing Pack” – obviously aimed at the ‘the perfect gift for Christmas’ market just as much as the existing amateur astronomer market – which looks like this on the shelf…

As you can see from the cover of the big envelope, and from the photo at the top of this post, the package comprises the yearbook itself, a planisphere and a Moon phases chart. (it doesn’t include the cute sleeping cat, by the way, before anyone asks…)
I have to be honest, I had mixed ...

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