Visually Observing Comets

In these days of computers and CCD cameras, visual comet observers can still contribute scientifically useful data with the help of this handy reference for use in the field. Comets are one of the principal areas for productive pro-amateur collaboration in astronomy, but finding comets requires a di...

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Main Author: Seargent, David A. J.
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2017, 2017
Edition:1st ed. 2017
Series:Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Part I – INTRODUCING COMETS
  • Ch. 1 Comets Throughout History
  • Ch.2 Comets in Motion
  • Ch 3 Toward the Modern Understanding of Comets
  • Ch. 4 The Formation of Tails
  • Ch.5 The Origin of Comets
  • Ch. 6 A Reservoir of Comets!
  • Part II – THE ROLE OF VISUALCOMET OBSERVERS IN THE AGE OF CCDs
  • Ch. 7 The Value of Visual Observing in a Photo-Happy World
  • Ch.8 Visual Comet Hunting
  • Ch.9 Observing Known Comets
  • Ch.10 The Coma: How to Estimate its Brightness and Record Its Features
  • Ch.11 Observing the Tail of Comets – What to Look For and Record
  • Ch. 12 Recording and Reporting Your Observations - Part III – THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF COMET OBSERVING
  • Ch.13 Relatively Bright Comets Predicted to Return From 2017 to 2027
  • Ch.14 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann: An "Outbursting" Comet to Watch
  • Ch. 15. Some Prominent Visual Comet Discoverers - Ch. 16. The Kreutz Sungazing Group - A Special Opportunity for Visual Comet Hunters - Ch. 17. Numbered Observable Short-Period Comets - Ch. 18. Unnumbered Short-Period Comets - Appendix 1 Atmospheric Extinction Tables
  • Appendix 2 The Phase Angle of a Comet - Appendix 3 "Lost" Short-Period Comets - Appendix 4 Lunar Phases 2017 to 2027 - Glossary of Terms