Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide

Visually Observing Comets

Authors: Seargent, David A. J.

  • Includes suggestions for observing periodic comets in addition to finding new comets
  • Small trim size and to-the-point text make this ideal for use as an on-the-go-reference
  • Explains the possibilities for an amateur observer to make a significant contribution to planetary science through comet-spotting
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About this book

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 different approach than the observing of more predictable targets. Principally directed toward amateur astronomers who prefer visual observing or who are interested in discovering a new comet or visually monitoring the behavior of known comets, it includes all the advice needed to thrive as a comet observer.

After presenting a brief overview of the nature of comets and how we came to the modern understanding of comets, this book details the various types of observations that can usefully be carried out at the eyepiece of a telescope. Subjects range from how to search for new comets to visually estimating the brightness of comets and the length and orientation of tails, in addition to what to look for in comet heads and tails.

Details are also given of 20 periodic comets, predicted to return between the years 2017 and 2027, that are expected to become suitable targets for visual observing, in addition to information on a famous comet potentially visible each year and subject to great outbursts of brightness. 

About the authors

David Seargent is a former part-time lecturer in Philosophy with the Department of Community Programs at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is a regular contributor of a comet column to Australian Sky & Telescope and formerly to Sky & Space magazine. Additionally, he authored the following books in Springer’s Astronomers’ Universe series: The Greatest Comets in History; Weird Astronomy; Weird Weather; Weird Worlds; Weird Universe; Weird Astronomical Theories of the Solar System and Beyond.

Reviews

“Seargent, a former part-time lecturer in philosophy at the University of Newcastle, Australia, makes the convincing case that any individual can make valuable observations with little more than a commitment to learning about comets and how to properly document what is observed. His book begins with a very readable history of comets, their anatomy, and their behavior. … If one is interested in comets, get out there and take this book along! Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 55 (2), October, 2017)


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eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45435-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45434-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Visually Observing Comets
Authors
Series Title
Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45435-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45435-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-45434-4
Series ISSN
2198-0756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 276
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
Topics