David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets

David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets

by David H. Levy
     
 

ISBN-10: 052182656X

ISBN-13: 9780521826563

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

David Levy has held a lifelong passion for comets, and is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. In this book he describes the observing techniques that have been developed over the years -- from visual observations and searching, to photography, to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). He combines a history of comet hunting with accounts of the

Overview

David Levy has held a lifelong passion for comets, and is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. In this book he describes the observing techniques that have been developed over the years -- from visual observations and searching, to photography, to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). He combines a history of comet hunting with accounts of the latest techniques, showing how our understanding of comets has evolved over time. The book is suitable as a practical handbook for amateur astronomers, from those who are causally interested in comets and how to observe them, to those who want to begin and expand an observing program of their own. David Levy draws widely from his own experiences of a lifetime of observing comets, describing how enthusiastic amateurs can observe comets and try to make new discoveries themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521826563
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part IWhy observe comets?
1Of history, superstition, magic, and science9
2Comet science progresses17
Part IIDiscovering comets
3Comet searching begins25
4Tails and trails35
5Comet searching in the twentieth century43
6How I search for comets51
7Searching for comets photographically61
8Searching for comets with CCDs71
9Comet hunting on paper77
10Hunting for sungrazers over the Internet81
11What to do when you think you have found a comet87
Part IIIA new way of looking at comets
12When comets hit planets95
13The future of visual comet hunting105
Part IVHow to observe comets
14An introduction to comet origins and characteristics111
15Visual observing of comets119
16Estimating the magnitude of a comet131
17Taking a picture of a comet139
18Measuring where a comet is in the sky145
Part VClosing notes
19My passion for comets153
Appendix159
Index173

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