Hunting and Imaging Comets

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 8, 2010 - Science - 394 pages
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For many astronomers, the holy grail of observation is to discover a comet, not least because comets always bear the name of their discoverer! Hunting and Imaging Comets was written for comet hunters and digital imagers who want to discover, rediscover, monitor, and make pictures of comets using astronomical CCD cameras and DSLRs. The old days of the purely visual comet hunter are pretty much over, but this is not to say that amateurs have lost interest in finding comets. The books also covers the discovery of comet fragments in the SOHO image data, CCD monitoring of older comets prone to violent outbursts, the imaging of new NEOs (Near Earth Objects) that have quite often been revealed as comets - not asteroids - by amateur astronomers, and the finding of recent comets impacting Jupiter.
 

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Contents

Comets Their Orbits and Where They Hide
1
Great Comet Discoveries Throughout History
33
Professional TwentyFirst Century Comet Hunters
83
Amateur TwentyFirst Century Comet Hunters
101
Finding the Next HaleBopp with your Gear
127
Comets that Have Been Missed by the Pros
157
Recovering Returning Periodic Comets
177
Discovering Comets Using SOHO
203
Monitoring Outbursting Comets
229
Comet Imaging Techniques
251
Lenses Telescopes Astrographs and Mountings
311
Imaging Comets Remotely and via the Internet
331
Comet Photometry
339
A Few of the Worlds Keenest Comet Imagers
367
Appendix Comet Resources
383
Index
389

Following the NEOs That Might Become Comets
215

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Martin Mobberley is a well-known amateur astronomer from Suffolk, England, who joined the British Astronomical Association in 1969, aged eleven, initially as a visual observer. Since the early 1980s he has been a regular photographer and imager of comets, planets, asteroids, variable stars, novae, and supernovae. He served as one of the youngest presidents of the British Astronomical Association, from 1997 to 1999, and in 2000 he was presented with the association’s Walter Goodacre Award. In 1997 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid number 7239 as ‘Mobberley’ in recognition of Martin’s contribution to amateur astronomy. Martin is the sole author of seven previous practical astronomy books published by Springer as well as three children’s ‘Space Exploration’ books published by Top That Publishing. In addition he has authored hundreds of articles in the UK magazine Astronomy Now and numerous other astronomical publications, as well as appearing from time to time on Patrick Moore’s long-running BBC TV program The Sky at Night.

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