Deadlines: There are no deadlines. Articles are run in the order received, so the sooner you send them in the sooner they will appear in print. Photographs, artwork, and disks will be returned if requested.
Preferences: We prefer to receive your articles via email. We can accomodate a number of formats, but prefer MS Word or PDF. Depending on the size that your illustrations or photos will run, we may need them to be submitted seperately as an uncompressed jpeg at an approximate resolution of 4" x 6" (not a specific aspect ratio requirement) at 300 dpi. We can usually resize with sufficient resoluton from this or a somewhat similar size. Please submit image captions, either as a seperate section of the main text or a seperate file labeled as such. If photos or illustrations are going to be reproduced as 1/3 page or smaller, we can frequently use the images imbedded in your PDF or Word file. Articles over 3000 words will probably be shortened due to space requirements, or may be split to run as a series. Please include your name and email in the body of your electronic file, or on each page of your hard copies and photos.
Document Formatting : We use Windows based computers running Quark-XPress, MS Word, and Photoshop. We can read plain TEXT formated on Mac or IBM disks or CDs. Please save articles as plain TEXT, MS Word or PDF so we can open and read them. Well composed, exposed, and focused images will be given top priority. Please send in more images than you think we will need for your article. We will run as many as possible. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is just as true as ever. Even if you are just writing a letter to the editor or a short article, a photo or two is always welcome and helps convey your message more effectively.
E-mail: We are available on email. Your articles can be sent as an attachment (MS Word or PDF preferrably) or in the main body of the email with seperate attachments for the images..
Digital Photos: With high speed Interent generally available, it is usually easiest to submit your images via email, but be aware of the size of the attachments and send several emails with miage attachments as necessary.If you have a very large number of images, please burn your original images to a disksaved as JPEGs, and mail them to us, along with a TEXT copy of your article and the photo captions. Printed photos not always usable. Scan your photos at 300 dpi. Change the image size to 4”x 6". Save as 300 dpi JPEG. You may save photos as color or grayscale. Color images will be converted to grayscale for the print edition, and maintained as color for the PDF version. Images of about 200-500K are the right size for very clear printing in Amateur Astronomy. In the subject box, print (photo # from [your name] for name of article.) Please send your article and captions, with corresponding numbers as on the photos, as a regular e-mail to the editor .
Photo Tips: First, learn every photographer's main trick-make your subject fill the field. Move in! Get close! Make it BIG! Shoot people pictures like those we use for "Star People"-the classic head and shoulder shot. When taking a telescope picture with a person, put the person behind the scope so he doesn't block the view of the scope. We all know what a pair of jeans looks like! Please leave a little room around the edges for cropping to magazine formats.