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A deal on the Ottewell Calendar?

Dec 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Blog, Events

If you ‘re not familiar with the Ottewell Calendar, this may be a good way to get introduced to it. For those who are not faimiliar with this treasure, it’s a large (11 x 15 inches) paperbook compilation of information about sky events for the coming year.

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It has many colorful illustrations of the sky, diagrams of planet, comet, and moon orbits, ellipse paths, and many other intriguing tables and charts. And oh yes, a calendar of events for the year.

It’s about 80 pages thick, and has custom artwork on the front cover. 2009 was a scene at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with Galileo near the tower, with his telescope.

Now, the problem with all this is the price–Sky and Telescope is selling it for $26.95, with free shipping. Which is a good deal. And another winner is $19.95 through Universal Workshop. I don’t know about you, but I always look to find a better deal. Last year, I found a deal on eBay, for about $15, but couldn’t find one that way this year. But I did stumble across this deal with a book club–$1.99.

I’m not pushing the club, but this seemed too good to be true. It’s the Scientific American Book Club, and you get three books for $1.99 each, with about $14 in shipping charges. That works out to about $6.50 per calendar (I ordered two), plus I got a book on physics–“Physics of the Impossible,” by Michio Kaku.

I do have to order one book at regular price within a year, but they have a great selection, and I don’t think this is going to affect my assessment of this being a good bargain. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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  1. “The Physics of the Impossible” is a great read. Highly recommended! Very accessible for those who may not have a physics background – very interesting for those who do as well. I especially like the way he categorizes what is and isn’t possible, lots of gray areas in there!