The Cambridge Guide to Astronomical Discovery

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Would you like to discover a comet? Or maybe you would like to be the first person on Earth - perhaps in the Universe - to recognise a celestial newcomer such as a nova or supernova. This Guide tells you how to become an astronomical discoverer using only modest equipment. It describes what approaches to take in searching the night skies for the unusual and the unexpected. Included are 20 contributions from both amateur and professional astronomers who are world famous for their discoveries. This book covers all ...
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Would you like to discover a comet? Or maybe you would like to be the first person on Earth - perhaps in the Universe - to recognise a celestial newcomer such as a nova or supernova. This Guide tells you how to become an astronomical discoverer using only modest equipment. It describes what approaches to take in searching the night skies for the unusual and the unexpected. Included are 20 contributions from both amateur and professional astronomers who are world famous for their discoveries. This book covers all the kinds of objects that an amateur can hope to find as a result of systematic searching. Personal contributions from noted discoverers such as David Levy and Minoru Honda (comets), Bob Evans (supernovae), Eleanor Helin and Brian Manning (asteroids), and Mike Collins and Dan Kaiser (variable stars) reveal the secrets of their successful methods. Visual, photographic, and electronic search techniques are described, as well as instructions on how to report discoveries. Extensive appendices pack in a wealth of useful data for every new discoverer of cosmic phenomena.
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Review of the hardback: 'This gem of a book is designed to be inspirational … I have no doubt that as a result of this book new discoverers and new discoveries will follow. A compelling read.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association

Review of the hardback: '… a readable and illuminating guide …' Science

Review of the hardback: ' … pleasure to find a well written volume with an original theme.' Webb Society Reviews

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521418393
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1992
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 To begin with: initial thoughts and comments 1
2 Comets and their kin: general characteristics 12
3 Novae and supernovae: nuclear runaways 23
4 Asteroids, variables, and other interesting phenomena 33
5 The discoverers: in their own words 46
Notes on the contributors 118
6 Seeing it first: visual searches 123
7 Catching it on film: photographic patrols 132
8 Going modern: electronic searches 148
9 Telling the world: reporting discoveries 156
App. A Time 164
App. B Coordinate systems 168
App. C Magnitude and colour systems 173
App. D Magnitude limits 182
App. E Orbits and orbital elements 189
App. F Discoveries during the 1980s 198
App. G Atlases and catalogues 232
App. H Useful books, handbooks, and journals 237
App. I Associations, clubs, and societies 245
App. J Where to buy it 247
Name Index 251
Subject index 254
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