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David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets

David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets


  • Date Published: May 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520515

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  • 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, through to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). He combines the history of comet hunting with the latest techniques, showing how our understanding of comets has evolved over time. This practical handbook is suitable for amateur astronomers, from those who are casually interested in comets and how to observe them, to those who want to begin and expand an observing program of their own. Drawing widely from his own extensive experience, Levy describes how enthusiastic amateurs can observe comets and try to make new discoveries themselves.

    • Written by a well-known amateur astronomer who has become one of the most successful comet discoverers in history
    • Describes what comet discovery is all about, illustrated with examples from the author's lifetime of experience
    • Provides practical advice for those wishing to discover new comets themselves
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520515
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Why Observe Comets?:
    1. Of history, superstition, magic, and science
    2. Comet science progresses
    Part II. Discovering Comets:
    3. Comet searching begins
    4. Tails and trails
    5. Comet searching in the twentieth century
    6. How I search for comets
    7. Searching for comets photographically
    8. Searching for comets with CCDs
    9. Comet hunting by reading
    10. Hunting for sungrazers over the Internet
    11. What to do when you think you've found a comet
    Part III. A New Way of Looking at Comets:
    12. When comets hit planets
    13. The future of visual comet hunting
    Part IV. How to Observe Comets:
    14. An introduction to comet hunting
    15. Visual observing of comets
    16. Estimating the magnitude of a comet
    17. Taking a picture of a comet
    18. Measuring where a comet is in the sky
    Part V. Closing Notes:
    19. My passion for comets.

  • Author

    David H. Levy
    David Levy is an amateur astronomer who has become one of the most successful comet discoverers in history.

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