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2021 subscription prices (6 issues, post free)

Institutional subscriptions (UK): GBP 80
Institutional subscriptions (elsewhere): GBP 95 or USD 150
Agent's discount: GBP 5 or USD 8
Personal subscriptions (UK): GBP 20
Personal subscriptions (elsewhere): GBP 35 or USD 60
Back issues or single issues (insitutional or personal): GBP 10 or USD 20 (bulk discount available; see below)
Full-time student subscriptions: Free. Click here for further information.

The lower subscription rates are available only to personal subscribers who undertake not to re-sell or donate the Magazine to libraries.

Airmail delivery is included in the subscription price for all countries.


If possible, payments should be made by electronic transfer. Contact Dr. David Stickland at the address given below (under "Back Issues") for account details. Make sure to include any fees at your end. Note that a SEPA transfer has no fees for the recipient and the fee (possibly zero) for the sender must be the same as for a domestic transfer (at least from within the EU). However, it is necessary to specify the amount in GBP, not in your currency. Just convert at the current rate and round up at least 20p to cover possible intraday volatility.

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To subscribe to The Observatory magazine, or to request back issues, please send payment to Dr. David Stickland at the address given below (under "Back Issues").

Back Issues

Back issues are available continuously back to 1950 and intermittently before then at GBP 10 or USD 20 per issue but with a discount for bulk purchase.

For back issues earlier than 1950, please e-mail Dr. David Stickland at manager AT to check availability (also for information about a discount for bulk orders of back issues).

Free Subscription for Full-Time Students

The Editors of The Observatory magazine have been debating amongst themselves whether astronomy students today ever read anything not seen on the screen of their computer terminal or PC. To get a feel for the scale of the problem, we have decided to offer a FREE - yes, FREE - subscription to all postgraduate students in astronomy or closely related subjects in UK universities. All you have to do is email the magazine (at manager AT, giving:

  • your name
  • departmental address
  • supervisor's name
  • which year of your course you are in (1, 2, or 3 only!)

So what will you get for this strenuous effort? A small blue magazine will find its way to you six times per year. Inside you will find reports of the Astronomy & Geophysics meetings of the Royal Astronomical Society (YOUR professional society) and of specialist discussions organized by the RAS, some scientific papers and notes, correspondence, and probably the most comprehensive selection of book reviews in the astronomical literature. And also PhD thesis abstracts from your colleagues a year or two ahead. (And if you've just completed YOUR PhD, why not send us the abstract so we can spead your fame to the far corners of the globe?) Finally there is the `Here and There' section by way of what passes for light entertainment in astronomy.

There's no catch, no obligation to subscribe for the rest of your career, no black-list of non-subscribers (or subscribers) to blight your future prospects. Just the chance to check out something that's been an institution in British astronomy since 1877. All for half a minute at the keyboard and the odd click of a mouse.

Your subscription will start in February and in order to set our print run, you should apply no later than 1 December of the current year.

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