Buy new:
List Price: $47.06
Save: $4.00 (8%)
FREE delivery Thursday, June 15. Details
Or fastest delivery Sunday, June 11. Order within 22 hrs 56 mins. Details
In Stock
$$43.06 () Includes selected options. Includes initial monthly payment and selected options. Details
Initial payment breakdown
Shipping cost, delivery date and order total (including tax) shown at checkout.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from and sold by
Return policy: Eligible for Return, Refund or Replacement within 30 days of receipt
This item can be returned in its original condition for a full refund or replacement within 30 days of receipt.
Visually Observing Comets has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.

Using your mobile phone camera, scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle app

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Visually Observing Comets Paperback – March 23 2017

4.5 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
$40.19 $55.28

Purchase options and add-ons

Product description


“The book is full of very useful information for the dedicated comet hunter, not just for the comets that attain visual magnitudes, but for those that are no more than a smudge, barely visible through a small telescope against the stellar background. … Any serious comet observer will want this book in their arsenal … .” (Malcolm Gough, The Observatory, Vol. 138 (126), June, 2018)

“Seargent, a former part-time lecturer in philosophy at the University of Newcastle, Australia, makes the convincing case that any individual can make valuable observations with little more than a commitment to learning about comets and how to properly document what is observed. His book begins with a very readable history of comets, their anatomy, and their behavior. … If one is interested in comets, get out there and take this book along! Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 55 (2), October, 2017)

From the Back Cover

In these days of computers and CCD cameras, visual comet observers can still contribute scientifically useful data with the help of this handy reference for use in the field. Comets are one of the principal areas for productive pro-amateur collaboration in astronomy, but finding comets requires a different approach than the observing of more predictable targets. Principally directed toward amateur astronomers who prefer visual observing or who are interested in discovering a new comet or visually monitoring the behavior of known comets, it includes all the advice needed to thrive as a comet observer.

After presenting a brief overview of the nature of comets and how we came to the modern understanding of comets, this book details the various types of observations that can usefully be carried out at the eyepiece of a telescope. Subjects range from how to search for new comets to visually estimating the brightness of comets and the length and orientation of tails, in addition to what to look for in comet heads and tails.

Details are also given of 20 periodic comets, predicted to return between the years 2017 and 2027, that are expected to become suitable targets for visual observing, in addition to information on a famous comet potentially visible each year and subject to great outbursts of brightness. 

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Springer/Sci-Tech/Trade; 1st ed. 2017 edition (March 23 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 331945434X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3319454344
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 3.58 kg
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.78 x 20.29 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Discover more of the author’s books, see similar authors, read author blogs and more

Customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5
2 global ratings
5 star
4 star
3 star 0% (0%) 0%
2 star 0% (0%) 0%
1 star 0% (0%) 0%

Top reviews from Canada

There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from Canada

Top reviews from other countries

doctor d keir
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 1, 2017
Verified Purchase