Hello from Julian and Kate, the stargazing duo behind this project. As astronomy enthusiasts we love observing the night sky but often get caught up in life and miss out on observing. The desire to organise our passion for astronomy lead us to the idea of the Astronomy Diary. This is a new type of print publication that combines an astronomical almanac with a weekly planner, a sort of "What's On" guide for the night sky.
Right now we are at a stage where we have completed the entire design to the last letter and pixel, but need to raise the funds for the printing company - with your help.
The diary features everything that astronomers, from adolescent beginners to more experienced observers, need to know in 2014. We included concise information on all meteor showers, conjunctions and eclipses, plus visibility of planets, double stars, clusters and nebulae. Dozens of the most beautiful astronomical objects were carefully selected, then only those visible to the naked eye or using binoculars were included in the final design. We wrote in accessible, jargon-free language.
Being a diary, we also left space for the proud owner to write their own musings. We want it be a personal record of your astronomical adventures, a handy guide to write on top of.
Once off the press, the Astronomy Diary will be a handsome object to hold. We took our time picking stunning illustrations and arranging each individual page to ensure a beautiful end product.
Now it’s time to get the printing presses started and make the idea into reality.
What's InsideThe diary is filled with all astronomical events and celestial objects an astronomer really needs to see in 2014. We've included:
Five Reasons To Love It
Know what's on. Weekly recommendations for what to observe in 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere. Get to know the most exciting celestial objects and learn about astronomy and space exploration.
Fits in your pocket. This is a small but mighty diary to be taken anywhere. Its A6 size means it fits in most pockets, while bendy covers ensure it sits there comfortably.
Make it personal. This is your diary. Use it to record your plans and observations. Probably works with shopping lists too.
The perfect gift. Introduce a friend or relative, child or adult, to the wonders of the night sky. Our delivery dates for the UK will be within the first week of December, well in time for Christmas.
Astronomy for all. The diary features only astronomical objects that are easy to observe. It provides all the science you need in a friendly and accessible language.
Mini Astronomy Diary 2014 for Northern Hemisphere
Size: 170mm by 120mm, slightly larger than A6 size
Paper: 90g monochrome body, full colour UV-coated soft cover
Pages: 66 pages. 52 weeks plus additional pages with photos and information.
What Rewards Are Available
Want to give us a hand? Here is how you can get involved:
Moonmark. This is our take on the bookmark. The Moon-inspired "moonmark" features a tiny Apollo craft set against the beautiful photo of the lunar surface.
Poster. Like the diary's cover image? Enjoy it in its full glory with a A2-size poster. The subject is the magnificent but lesser-known Carina Nebula.
The diary. This is what this project is really about! The reward is a your copy of our lovingly-made diary, to be delivered to you early December.
One of each. If you are having trouble choosing a reward, or you want them all, then this option is for you. We'll send you a diary, a poster and a moonmark.
The bumper pack. Like to share? Have Christmas stockings to fill? Go crazy with the bumper pack which consists of two diaries (one to keep and one to give away), two posters and four moonmarks.
Where We Are Right Now
We've put all the work into researching, writing and designing the Astronomy Diary. It is ready to be printed, but we now need the funds to pay the printers. Luckily, the owner of the printing company is also an astronomy enthusiast and he's gone easy on us with minimum quantities. That means that just £2,000 will enable us to go to print.
UK & International Delivery
While we are keen to deliver internationally please bear in mind that the information we've compiled is for the Northern Hemisphere and times are given in GMT. There is also a £5 flat charge for international delivery. Standard UK delivery is included in each reward.
Risks and challenges
The project's main challenges were compiling all the extensive research, obtaining photography and illustrations, designing each page individually and doing all artwork and prepress work. We've already completed all of that and the diary is practically two weeks away from becoming a reality once the printers are paid. To ensure a quality end product, we've chosen a reputable and experienced printing company and opted for quality materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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