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    Default Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"



    Looking back at my Amazon history, I purchased this title new in 2015 for $62. The asking prices now are 'astronomical'. To me this is totally unrealistic. If not, maybe I need to reconsider selling my "rare and valuable" copy.
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    Looking back at my Amazon history, I purchased this title new in 2015 for $62. The asking prices now are 'astronomical'. To me this is totally unrealistic. If not, maybe I need to reconsider selling my "rare and valuable" copy.
    https://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Messier...s%2C200&sr=8-1
    I'll give ya $63 for it. Nah you'd never let it go.
    It will probably go up after everyone looks at it from you link.....When it hits 1K maybe.
    I had to look, a couple of mine have increased in value, but not that much. Wow.
    Burnham is close to doubling what I got it for a few years ago.
    I always have to go through the "collectors" section at the used book store - There was a first edition of "Forever War" (Joe Haldeman)
    with a $200+ price tag on it. I need to really go through my stack of hardbacks acquired in the "70's. There may be an 9.25 Edge in there.

    Note: "Forever War" (Joe Haldeman) - outstanding read. Paperback $11.
    Moving on.......

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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    Hello Frankie,

    I have been one of the first who did buy it - glad I did, and the first one who reported on this book in our Forum, ha, ha.
    Any piece of paper from Ronald Stoyan seems to be collectible, I have also Interstellarum journals with his drawings.

    A few of other also seldom prints are in my collection to spend the rest of my life with selling paper,

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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    Not surprised Frankie. Any time something goes out of print, people go nuts! I recall when I was looking for a copy of Steven Hynes Planetary Nebulae the prices were outrageous even for used ones. Sometimes approaching $200. I kept biding my time, watching, waiting and one day on Amazon I found a copy for about $29 from a group selling off books for a library. It has the library name stamped inside the cover and had a sticker on the back cover, but otherwise it was brand new and I doubt it was ever checked out to be honest. I used some Goo-Gone to gently remove the sticker from the back cover with no damage, and other than the stamp inside it was pristine. As for the Hynes book, it still commands typically $50+ as seen by the below link. But it will remain on my shelf as long as I am alive.

    https://www.amazon.com/Planetary-Neb.../dp/0943396301


    Another example I recall, though less pricey, was when Cambridge released the second edition of the Double Star Atlas. They removed the optical doubles from the data tables and only listed true binaries, though the atlas still plotted and marked opticals. The first edition was primarily focused on the optical doubles that folks knew and loved. Well the prices in the used market for the first edition zoomed up to over $50 and some I saw asking around $100. They have since dropped back down, as normally happens after a while when no one pays the high prices. But its not unusual to see them for about the same price as a new second edition. Everyone is looking to make a fast buck, and its usually those that have no interest in the subject matter anyway, just dealers.


    Finally, I always wanted a copy of the Great Atlas of the Sky by Piotr Brych. Originally it cost about $239, but when he was closing them out for $99 shipped from Poland, I hesitated too long and they were gone. So I wound up buying one used from a guy for about $160, which he likely bought for $99. Though I got a good deal over the original price I will always kick myself for not jumping on it during the closeout. Anyway, it was in perfect condition and when I got it I bought a big roll of clear hole protectors and put them on every page (front and back) since it is in a huge ring binder. I don't use it in the field of course, but I like to spread it out periodically on the table to look through it. It does come with a large plastic sleeve so one can remove a chart and put in the sleeve to use in the field. It was the deepest and largest atlas ever printed and based on the information I've found, there were only 100 copies ever printed, though I've never confirmed that as fact. I reviewed it for the forum here:

    Great Atlas of the Sky - a personal observation

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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    There are some crazy secondhand prices.



    I've owned this Hamlyn pocket lunar (Rükl) atlas since my brother gave it to me when I was a teenager. I'm pretty sure it's out of print now but I've seen some astronomically priced secondhand versions on Amazon. A Swiss Army knife, a 50p piece and a £2 coin are for scale.
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    I had a similar shock in 2016, I came across a first edition SkyAtlas 2000 and they wanted over $900CDN for it!
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

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    I had a similar shock in 2016, I came across a first edition SkyAtlas 2000 and they wanted over $900CDN for it!
    Now that would be extreme sticker shock! I bought one of those back when they came out, when all you could do was order by mail. So I sent a personal check to S&T and got my atlas. It was used a fair amount but is still in decent shape. I do see them still commanding prices that are a bit steep, but not that much. Nor should they. Just because a specific book or edition is out of print does not automatically mean there will be a high demand for it. But dealers always seem to think so. Personally I prefer the second edition because it plots a little deeper. But to be honest, I haven't used the SA 2000 in the field in years, preferring other options. But it is still a fine atlas and still heavily used in the hobby.
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    I used to have Wil Tirion's Sky Atlas 2000 (bought back in the 80's) somehow it got lost in my years out of astronomy. Now I see that those original editions are almost collector's items.
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    OUCH!!!

    The book was first published in German in 2006 and translated into English. I got mine, the 2008 English edition, sometime in the 2010/2012 timeframe, I don't remember exactly. The translation was excellent. I don't remember what I paid but for books my resistance point is somewhere between the mid $30s to mid $40s. I'm going to have to give the book more respect. I use it very frequently and it is beginning to show it. Anyway, its the most used book I have ever owned.

    "The Forever War" if it is the one I am thinking of definitely is a classic and far more than a simple science fiction book for how the author handled the time paradox of relativistic travel and the changing of social morality over time. It is a book that ought to be required reading in our schools as we judge our heros of the past by our standards of today.
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    Default Re: Crazy pricing on "Atlas of the Messier Objects"

    Even the SA 2000 second edition is getting a bit ridiculous: https://www.amazon.ca/Sky-Atlas-2000...SIN=0521627621

    I paid about 100 Euro each for the first and second editions. (inset head shaking smilie here)
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