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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:41 pm 
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I remember some years ago there was a thread here concerning the book 'The Haunted Observatory -Curiousities from the Astronomer's Cabinet " by Richard Baum. Having corresponded with Richard perhaps around 1995-ish, I have always been on the lookout for a copy on the used market and finally I came across one on the Oxfam on line Internet site. It was reduced in price to under £5+ p&p. It came today. Completely "as new" with a couple of extra points of interests too! Firstly the author has written this signed note on the inner page...." To Bill & Pam. A reminder of the 'old' days. With this best wishes Richard Baum 20/08/07". Also enclosed is letter addressed to "Dear Bill", it contains list a few printing errors, and some personal stuff. This letter was dated the same as the dedication and no doubt was sent with the book to Bill & Pam. Who were they?
I believe Richard Baum died quite recently.
After all that, I am now looking through the book...looks to very interesting indeed. Rather reminiscent in part to Ashbrook's "Astronomical Scrapbook". Regards maf


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:00 pm 
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H.G.Wells wrote a short, spooky story, titled "In the Avu Observatory".

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:33 am 
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I can't say I knew Richard Baum well, but think of him as a real astronomer. I met him though only very briefly once, having read "The Haunted Observatory", & corresponded with him occasionally. I gather he died a year or so back, badly hurt by his wife's death. He was an artist & his main practical astronomical interest was observing the night sky, particularly drawing planets & near deep sky objects with relatively small refractors & encouraging others to do the same.
I hope his son Julian is OK.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:08 am 
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Hello Cliff, yes, the enclosed letter mentions how upset he was by his wife Audrey's death in 2005 and the book itself has an "In Loving Memory of Audrey ...". I found an obituary for Richard on the BAA site ( he died in 2017) although was only able to read the first page... Probably because I am not a member of the Association. Regards mike.


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I have this book also. It is a very good read. I also have his book "In Search of Planet Vulcan" This is also a very good read.

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