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Quote: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.
Quote:Quote: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...
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Quote: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
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Quote:books on comet ISONwhy-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailed edj
Quote: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.
Quote:Quote:books on comet ISONwhy-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailededj 1. People like books.2. There's still more moola in publishing a book.
Quote:books on comet ISONwhy-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailededj
Quote:Indeed, most "older" people prefer a book... moreover it costs amateur-astronomers both time & money to publish a book...
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Quote:Quote: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. 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.
Quote:I much prefer to read anything on the computer these days--easier for my aging eyes.
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Quote:There're several books on the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact... I have at least 9 or 10 !My top 3:European SL-9/Jupiter WorkshopESO Proceedings, Edited by R. West and H. Bohnhardt - ISBN 3-923524-55-2The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and JupiterSTScI, Edited by Keith S. Noll and Paul D. Feldman - ISBN 0-521-56192-2Impact Jupiter: The Crash Of Comet Shoemaker-levy 9By David Levy, co-discoverer of the comet - ISBN 978-0738208800
Quote:Ordered both "Impact Jupiter" by Levy & "The Great Comet Crash" by Shumakers & Milton editor.
Quote:Heheh, you're spoiled by the excellent quality of today's digital cameras. Back in the early 90's, film was still the dominant detector.
Quote: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 JupiterBy Gene & Carolyn Shoemaker, edited by Jacqueline Mitton978-0521482745
Quote:Ikeya-Seki in October '65 was best seen in the Southern Hemisphere – I was a little kid at boarding school in Zimbabwe and we were woken up in the early hours of the morning to see the comet. It was the most magnificent thing I had ever seen – its tail was so dazzling that it looked like a searchlight beam splayed across the top of the mountains.
I can still picture it in my mind’s eye, and in fact, thinking about it now, I’d count seeing Ikeya-Seki as one of those experiences you have a once or twice in a lifetime, if you're lucky.
Quote:Oh absolutely, Fred! I just popped outside and measured out how big it actually was in the sky, and I can assure you that it was a LOT bigger in 1965!