"2009 Ice In Space Almanac" - the coffee table book?
Coffee-table style, short run books are very easy to design, print and distribute these days. Most of the large photo chains can supply them at a very reasonable cost per unit.
What if we all contributed our best personal photo taken over the past 12 months and produced a book (as per Jeanette's original thought here: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...t=39606&page=4 ) ? Each photo might also be accompanied by the author's blurb on the opposite page.
I think it'd be a ripper idea personally.
EDIT: There is a poll running here which asks the basic questions of you - would you be interested, and if so, for how much?
Here's a suggestion for the front cover, a set of opposing pages, and now for single-page sets too:
I can see one chapter showing the full diversity of members scopes and mounts.
Imaging rigs, big dobs, ATM's, top of the range Taks as well as the more modest scopes and mounts that the majority of us have.
Sorry Paul - does that work now? I replaced the original image with one that incorporates a white border. The black page on a black website background lost its ability to show you the edge of the page.
although nothing i have taken, is hardly worthy ... maybe set a date for pics taken, so we can co-ordinate entries?
i mean, in the current climate, it would be a book full of Lagoon nebula pics !!
Everyone's images are absolutely fine Duncan! Everyone is at their own skill level. What we'd make sure of is that everyone got to supply just one of their images from the last 12 months. This way the more experienced astrophotographers wouldn't be over-represented, and the novices would each have a spot. Equality for all. When you pick up the 2009 edition in a couple of years time, you'll see how far you've come.
There's sure to be heaps of Etas, Lagoons, Omega Centauri's etc.
Variations of a theme. Same object, different scope/camera/widefield/up close and personal.
I'd love to see Geoffro's (inmykombie) spiral moon collage make it into the book. He did such a great job with that.