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Observing Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, and the Zodiacal Light (Practical Astronomy Handbooks) Hardcover – 6 Oct 1994


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Review of the hardback: 'I liked this volume very much and thoroughly enjoyed reading it … a valuable addition to the literature and would be a great help and encouragement to any observer thinking of taking up any of these studies.' Michael Hendrie, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

Review of the hardback: 'This book is a useful introduction to the lesser bodies of our Solar System …' Astronomy Now

Review of the hardback: '… the meat of this book is its practical content, which has the feel of people who really know what they are talking about...though they start simple, they take you as far as you could want to go, including the use of the CCD detectors … whatever your day job, if you are interested in astronomy you can start simple and work your way up to professional standard. This is an excellent place to start on that road.' New Scientist

Review of the hardback: 'For me, the best part is David Levy's account of comet-hunting. A successful hunter himself, Levy has many tips to share.' The Observatory

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A clear and easy-to-use guide on how to make successful and valuable observations and records of comets, asteroids, meteors and the zodiacal light.

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Eurika I found it! Finally the right way to send in a a report on comets, asteroids, and meteors 5 Dec. 2010
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Stephan J Edberg and David H. Levy have wrote an excellent 5 star book. I've read other works by David Levy also 5 stars. Impressed with his work with the Shoemakers and the multi section Comet Shoemaker-Levy9 that crashed into Jupiter.( I miss Gene and deeply regret the tragic accident that took his life and badly hurt his wife Caroline...another great Comet finder). Gets you thinking if that puppy would of hit Earth, it would of been an extinction event and lights out for man.

This book is great. So much useful information. It gives a little history of comets and asteroids and their composition. Of real importance to me is the reason to keep accurate records and the proper data needed to submit your possible new comet or asteroid sighting. Information on astrophotography on comets, asteroids and meteors. I'm not into plate blinking or film but there's information on the use of CCD cameras. Also what parts of the sky are best for finding comets and asteroids and the best times to watch. Also to keep as accurate UTC time as possible. Lots of good comet and asteroid pictures some by Stephan Edberg. Great work by Edberg. Also how and where to send it.

Parts of the book were heavy into math equations but with the use of a good scientific trig calculator I guess the reader would be OK if you want to get that deep.

Also a telegram service for speed to report your finds for others to verify. Hey, you might be able to have your name on a comet as a new discoverer and add important information for the scientific community.Also lots of more detailed information specialties like Astrometry, Spectroscopy and Photometry and more.

The part my family enjoys the most is the section on watching meteors. The book tells proper ways of giving observing time to a number of people and having them watch only a certain area of the sky and having others watch another area and having a logger or groups of observers and more than 1 logger. I liked the simple technique of using a simple supermarket plastic clicker to count the meteors in a 1 hour period. I bought an inflatable LoungeAir chair( read my review 5 stars) to spread out and lay on it and watch the Sky...The 2 kids and wife like watching for meteors on vacation especially during the regular published Meteor showers.

Then the authors go into the Zodiacal light and ways of observing and plotting it. I have often seen it and wondered about it. Right now I have enough on my plate but maybe someday I'll get more interested in the Zodiacal Light.

Decades ago, twice I saw strange "blurs" in areas I previous observed dozens and dozens of times. I though maybe they were comets. I did not have the correct data collecting and did not know how and where to send information. Turns out both were new Comets. Others sent in the correct data and were the official discoverers. They deserved it. If I had the right data to send in and knew where to send it, I may have been the discoverer. No big deal but I'll always remember that.

I've seen dozens of asteroids, but again lack of the correct data collecting and of course no reporting. After reading this book that will stop. Now accurate records, the right data and I know how and where to report.

Just want to say thanks to Stephan J Edberg and David Levy for getting me closer up to speed on observing comets and asteroids. This is a great book with just the right information. No way was I going to pay the full price for this book so I got it used n good condition for very little. 5 stars for anyone interested in observing and reporting about comets, asteroids, meteors and the Zodiacal Light.
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