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Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON
      #6012956 - 08/08/13 06:37 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.uk/Comets-Facts-Trivia-Anura-Guruge/dp/1491211571/ref=sr...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Comet-ISON-2012-S1-Reference/dp/1484885163/ref=sr_1_1...



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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6013159 - 08/08/13 09:04 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.



Edited by rmollise (08/09/13 10:14 AM)


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6015098 - 08/09/13 03:56 AM

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

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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6015167 - 08/09/13 06:20 AM

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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: Traveler]
      #6015472 - 08/09/13 10:18 AM

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...




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...


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6015808 - 08/09/13 01:11 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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6015847 - 08/09/13 01:29 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.

Fred


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6016321 - 08/09/13 06:18 PM

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

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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6017226 - 08/10/13 09:22 AM

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




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.


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6018877 - 08/11/13 11:49 AM

books on comet ISON

why-internet will be more timely, accurate, detailed



edj


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: edwincjones]
      #6019096 - 08/11/13 01:51 PM

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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.



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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6019413 - 08/11/13 05:46 PM

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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.




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

Fred


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6020167 - 08/12/13 02:54 AM

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

Owen


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6026728 - 08/15/13 09:20 AM

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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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6026917 - 08/15/13 11:07 AM

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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.


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6028135 - 08/15/13 10:08 PM

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

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Comet-ISON-Recovered-and-Not-Looking-Good...


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6028162 - 08/15/13 10:20 PM

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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.




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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6028584 - 08/16/13 05:42 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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: rmollise]
      #6028599 - 08/16/13 06:09 AM

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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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #6028672 - 08/16/13 08:04 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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6030021 - 08/16/13 10:31 PM

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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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6032312 - 08/18/13 05:38 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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6032317 - 08/18/13 05:44 AM

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



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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6035545 - 08/19/13 10:51 PM

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

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      #6043877 - 08/24/13 04:22 PM

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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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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6046927 - 08/26/13 12:32 PM

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.

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      #6049626 - 08/27/13 08:34 PM

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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.




Film is OK, but that paperback had images that looked like a zerox of a zerox (excessively grainy).


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #6054710 - 08/30/13 04:19 PM

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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




This is an awsome book! Nice colored photos. Textbook quality. I will read this from cover to cover. Just what I was looking for (and for under $5 including shipping - what a buy!).


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6101947 - 09/26/13 09:54 AM

World-renowned astro-photographer Damian Peach captures comet C/2012 S1 as it nears the red planet Mars...
http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1309/26cometison/

http://astronomynow.com/comets/


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6102392 - 09/26/13 01:40 PM

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 minds eye, and in fact, thinking about it now, Id count seeing Ikeya-Seki as one of those experiences you have a once or twice in a lifetime, if you're lucky.


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: SusanY]
      #6103704 - 09/27/13 09:14 AM

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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 minds eye, and in fact, thinking about it now, Id count seeing Ikeya-Seki as one of those experiences you have a once or twice in a lifetime, if you're lucky.




True that, Susan! Perhaps that fact that we were quite young plays into it, also... even when under perfectly dark skies today, they never seem quite so sparkling as they did in my youth.

Fred


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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6104430 - 09/27/13 03:14 PM

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!

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Re: Books on Comet C/2012 S1 ISON new [Re: SusanY]
      #6104533 - 09/27/13 04:32 PM

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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!




My experience, as well!


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