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Observing Comets

  • Authors
  • Nick James
  • Gerald North

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 1-16
  3. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 17-41
  4. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 43-64
  5. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 65-87
  6. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 89-118
  7. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 119-143
  8. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 145-167
  9. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 169-186
  10. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 187-203
  11. Nick James, Gerald North
    Pages 205-227
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 229-238

About this book

Introduction

Since comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with the planet Jupiter with stupendous force in 1994 there has been an upsurge of amateur interest in comets. Most comets are first discovered by amateur astronomers because there are so many amateurs looking for them, and techniques and instruments have improved dramatically in the past few years.
After a short but detailed introduction to the comets themselves Nick James and Gerald North describe comet hunting, photographing and imaging comets, and digital image processing. The use of computers for orbital calculations and even helping to discover new comets is given a full chapter, as are advanced techniques including comet photometry and spectroscopy.
This comprehensive book has an accompanying CD-ROM and is at once a "primer" for comet hunters and a reference text for more advanced amateur astronomers.

Keywords

Planet astronomy comets instruments observational

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-0079-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-557-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0079-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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