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#1 PhilCo126

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 05:37 AM

There're some great books "in the works" on comet ISON and let's start with a couple which, after kindle e-versions, became available in print via Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co...11571/ref=sr...

http://www.amazon.co...3/ref=sr_1_1...

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:04 AM

I hate to be a doomsayer...but I suspect these books and a couple more will wind up in the cut-out bins right quick when Ison doesn't put on the INCREDIBLE SHOW that is beginning to be hyped. My take "about as good as Ikeya-Seki," a comet that while great disappointed the public rather handily. ;)



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:56 AM

Well the Comets: 101 trivia book is a general subject book on our favorite awe-inspiring celestial objects :p

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:20 AM

I hate to be a doomsayer...but I suspect these books and a couple more will wind up in the cut-our bins right quick when Ison doesn't put on the INCREDIBLE SHOW that is beginning to be hyped. My take "about as good as Ikeya-Seki," a comet that while great disappointed the public rather handily. ;)


mmm Uncle Rod, hope you are wrong in this case... :grin:

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:18 AM

I hate to be a doomsayer...but I suspect these books and a couple more will wind up in the cut-our bins right quick when Ison doesn't put on the INCREDIBLE SHOW that is beginning to be hyped. My take "about as good as Ikeya-Seki," a comet that while great disappointed the public rather handily. ;)


mmm Uncle Rod, hope you are wrong in this case... :grin:


I hope so too, but I have my doubts. I hope it will at least be as good as Ikeya-Seki, but this is sounding a lot like things did in '73. ;)

I see one bunch is already promoting a magazine/book on ISON which heralds it as "THE COMET OF THE CENTURY." Maybe. If they mean "the century so far in the Northern Hemisphere." Still have to beat Holmes though... :lol:

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 12:11 PM

A comet really isn't going to excite the general public unless they can easily see the dang thing with their own two eyes and tell it's a comet. I think Ison will excite people if it's anything like Hale-Bopp or Hyakutake, but admittedly I have my doubts. I personally would be thrilled for Ison to wind up being even comparable to Holmes, but don't if that would be enough to sell a lot of books.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 12:29 PM

Rod, you got to see Ikeya-Seki back in '65, right? I remember my late father waking me up to see it well before sunrise one early November morning of that year, and viewing it through our northeast-facing picture window. One thing that stands out in my mind was him setting our Palomar Jr. reflector up in front of the window to get a closer view! :) I can picture that comet in my mind's eye even now; it was quite a spectacle, even for a youngster.

Given the increase in light pollution, I doubt that I could spot a comparable comet from the old homestead nowadays, which doesn't bode well for ISON's upcoming apparition. Most of those books on ISON will likely end up in the recycling by early next year.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:18 PM

Dave Eicher has a new book out called Comets!: Visitors from Deep Space due to come out in September.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

Rod, you got to see Ikeya-Seki back in '65, right? I remember my late father waking me up to see it well before sunrise one early November morning of that year, and viewing it through our northeast-facing picture window. One thing that stands out in my mind was him setting our Palomar Jr. reflector up in front of the window to get a closer view! :) I can picture that comet in my mind's eye even now; it was quite a spectacle, even for a youngster.

Given the increase in light pollution, I doubt that I could spot a comparable comet from the old homestead nowadays, which doesn't bode well for ISON's upcoming apparition. Most of those books on ISON will likely end up in the recycling by early next year.

Fred


Hi Fred:

What I remember was that it wasn't easy when the sky finally cooperated and me, Mama, and Daddy saw Ikeya-Seki. Close to the Sun, and even then our skies were not exactly pristine. I have recounted my adventures with "my great comets" here. :cool:

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:49 AM

books on comet ISON

why-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailed

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:51 PM

books on comet ISON

why-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailed

:question:

edj


1. People like books.
2. There's still more moola in publishing a book.

;)

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:46 PM


Hi Fred:

What I remember was that it wasn't easy when the sky finally cooperated and me, Mama, and Daddy saw Ikeya-Seki. Close to the Sun, and even then our skies were not exactly pristine. I have recounted my adventures with "my great comets" here. :cool:


Thanks for the link, Rod (super blog, by the way!)... it sure brought back memories of comets past.

Fred

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:54 AM

And people will make a quick buck. Not that it will help us if it fizzles.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:20 AM

books on comet ISON

why-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailed




edj


1. People like books.
2. There's still more moola in publishing a book.

;)


Indeed, most "older" people prefer a book... moreover it costs amateur-astronomers both time & money to publish a book...

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:07 AM

Indeed, most "older" people prefer a book... moreover it costs amateur-astronomers both time & money to publish a book...


Some do. Not this little black duck. :lol:

I much prefer to read anything on the computer these days--easier for my aging eyes. I am put out about the dadgum Nook situation, though. I also chose Beta over VHS. :lol:

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:08 PM

It MAY be "lights out" for the high expectations for ISON:

http://www.skyandtel...Looking-Good...

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:20 PM


Indeed, most "older" people prefer a book... moreover it costs amateur-astronomers both time & money to publish a book...


Some do. Not this little black duck. :lol:

I much prefer to read anything on the computer these days--easier for my aging eyes. I am put out about the dadgum Nook situation, though. I also chose Beta over VHS. :lol:


I prefer the most current for real time observing. If the comet is great, I may buy a post book afterwards for the memories.

P.s. Where is that Comet Shumaker Levy Jupiter Impact book?

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:42 AM

There're several books on the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact... I have at least 9 or 10 !
My top 3:

European SL-9/Jupiter Workshop
ESO Proceedings, Edited by R. West and H. Bohnhardt - ISBN 3-923524-55-2

The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
STScI, Edited by Keith S. Noll and Paul D. Feldman - ISBN 0-521-56192-2

Impact Jupiter: The Crash Of Comet Shoemaker-levy 9
By David Levy, co-discoverer of the comet - ISBN 978-0738208800

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:09 AM

I much prefer to read anything on the computer these days--easier for my aging eyes.


Intriguing! Almost everybody I know (including me) feels exactly the opposite. I find computer screens very hard on my eyes. But after a long hard day looking at a computer, I can still very comfortably read a book.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:04 AM

I much prefer books to computer screens too. Screens are not comfortable to me and I think they fatigue my eyes more...

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 09:31 PM

There're several books on the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact... I have at least 9 or 10 !
My top 3:

European SL-9/Jupiter Workshop
ESO Proceedings, Edited by R. West and H. Bohnhardt - ISBN 3-923524-55-2

The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
STScI, Edited by Keith S. Noll and Paul D. Feldman - ISBN 0-521-56192-2

Impact Jupiter: The Crash Of Comet Shoemaker-levy 9
By David Levy, co-discoverer of the comet - ISBN 978-0738208800


Excellent! I'll probably start with the Levy one since it would be like an auto biography. Too bad he and the Shumaker's didn't co-author it.

Which of the 3 has the best color images?

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:38 AM

Please note the first two books are the best and have a lot of B&W photos but are scientific level books...
A "more general" read is:
The Great Comet Crash: The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
By Gene & Carolyn Shoemaker, edited by Jacqueline Mitton
978-0521482745

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:44 AM

Meanwhile I have received my printed copies of Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:51 PM

Ordered both "Impact Jupiter" by Levy & "The Great Comet Crash" by Shumakers & Milton editor.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:22 PM

Ordered both "Impact Jupiter" by Levy & "The Great Comet Crash" by Shumakers & Milton editor.


Received Impact Jupiter by David Levy. Picked it up used for $13 including shipping. Interesting and good value, but a little disappointed by the graininess of the numerous images/photos. I normally don't buy paperbacks. Interesting since the author is the co-discoverer of Comet Shumaker-Levy 9.






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