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    Quote Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
    Well I guess we are all writers who post on AF.
    I have sometimes felt compelled to write a book on astronomy for beginners and had even begun the effort but have always crumbled after a few pages in, realizing that within several paragraphs I had lost the plot and was talking about resolution, aperture, seeing etc- Nothing that a newbie needs or wants to know from the get go.
    It must be difficult and require a disciplined mind to keep to the basics. Anyway it's been done by writers that I could never hope to emulate.
    I'll just stick to Christmas cards....
    Actually, they DO need to understand things like aperture and resolution. The challenge is to write about it as simply as possible. I think I've got it right. I sometimes think I avoided most of the things that make beginner books less effective but invented a few of my own. There will be a 2nd edition out sometime but don't hold your breath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    I enjoy writing quite a bit and have composed over 1300 pages relate to my observing. It's all stupid silly stuff, but someday it may become Bladekeeper's Astronomical Bathroom Reader. I'll have it printed on four-ply tissue for the most comfort.

    I also write high fantasy and historical fiction. Betcha can't guess what my pen name is.

    Just kidding. I don't have pen name.
    I've thought of a great pen name but I am already known under my real name. Maybe I DO need a pen name after all: Marilyn Mangel!
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    I really enjoy your writing Bryan as you can turn a phrase with the best of them. I do hope you can make it remunerative, I haven't but I hope to one day.
    Whilst I get a lot of satisfaction and fulfilment from writing, it is not like Harry Potter. I'm thinking about other genres if I really want to make a serious living from writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Phillip,

    One of our moderators, sxinias, has published a couple of volumes on astrophotography.

    https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319098302

    Rod Mollise used to be an active participant on AF but seems to mostly frequent CN these days. Seems to be a lot more astronomy writers on CN.

    I can think of a couple more that write professionally but not about astronomy.

    Of course, many of us write and submit articles for our club newsletters, and even one or two have contributed to Sky & Telescope, etc.

    Member KT4HX has published several monthly series on deep sky observing as well as providing exquisitely detailed observing reports all here on the forum.

    @Mark, pics? Of course!

    @Rick, nothing wrong with that sort of posting in my mind. At least with regards to the TP40!
    I've largely avoided astrophotography as it really changes very quickly. I've published a guide to using a DSLR on its own and I'm writing a small booklet on webcamming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Phillip,

    One of our moderators, sxinias, has published a couple of volumes on astrophotography.

    https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319098302

    Rod Mollise used to be an active participant on AF but seems to mostly frequent CN these days. Seems to be a lot more astronomy writers on CN.

    I can think of a couple more that write professionally but not about astronomy.

    Of course, many of us write and submit articles for our club newsletters, and even one or two have contributed to Sky & Telescope, etc.

    Member KT4HX has published several monthly series on deep sky observing as well as providing exquisitely detailed observing reports all here on the forum.

    @Mark, pics? Of course!

    @Rick, nothing wrong with that sort of posting in my mind. At least with regards to the TP40!
    Thank you for this Bryan. I did not know of some of these authors and I appreciate the heads up.
    Been looking into adding to my library now.

    And BTW my joke about the pictures? No disrespect there. I really would like to see you publish, Bryan. You have a style and a voice which I believe can speak to and encourage a wide audience. You have the grist to grind and a mountain voice.
    Just sayin.
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    I personally find much of your writing quite entertaining Bryan!
    Yes, I have been silently stopping-in here and there while life and its twists and turns take me for a ride.

    There is seldom a lack of entertainment from your observing reports!

    Keep it going man!
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    Tis all true Bryan, you have the gift. And it is hard to write to the beginner. Years ago I wrote some articles about firearms design and how it relates to accuracy. Most were returned with the comment "too technical". Most of the firearms publications are geared towards Joe 6-pack (no offense intended). The readers really were not interested in why The Remington 700 action was inherently more accurate than the Mauser system. And the magazine editors were correct. The average guy just wants a rifle that will put venison in the freezer! Lol! I believe that there are two basic types of Amateur Astronomers, The casual observer, and the person who develops a passion for it. So I guess we need two types of writers, one who has a gift for putting the idea in simple terms (God bless them!), and those technical types who communicate in Astrospeak. There is no shortage of casual and passionate Astronomers so there is a ready market for both types of tomes. Being a simpleton, for now I need it simple! Lol! Just my thoughts. Bill
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