22 July 2020 at 9:14 pm #574681Dr James DawsonParticipant
Great talk tonight by Owen on the webinar. As someone who mostly observes things in the solar system, it’s easy to forget about these little beauties.
What books do you recommend to learn more about planetary nebula and get some ideas of some planetary nebula to look for outside of the Messier catalogue.22 July 2020 at 10:07 pm #582896owen brazellParticipant
Hi James, the list I would have is
Webb Society Deep Sky Observers Handbook Vol 2
Night Sky Observers Guide Volume 4
Hynes Planetary Nebulae
Wallace – Visual Observations of Planetary Nebulae – available from Webb Soc
Hartung – Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes.
Cosmic Butterflies – Sun Kwok
Eicher – Deep Sky Observing with Small telescopes
Webb Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes
Smyth – Bedford Catalogue
Deep Sky Wonders – Houston
Could not recommend
Planetary Nebulae and how to Observe Them – too many errors.23 July 2020 at 8:12 am #582897Jack MartinParticipant
Following Owens excellent talk last night here are links to a book and app I referred to in Q&A.
I noted the many references to Spectroscopy !
Jack23 July 2020 at 6:48 pm #582902Stewart MooreParticipant
I agree with Owen’s list and don’t think there are any other books I’d add. Many past editions of The Deep Sky Observer (the Webb Society in-house journal) will be found to contain articles on planetaries so it’s well worth joining Webb! Also, if you use the Uranometria star atlas then the associated Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria (Willmann-Bell) gives useful short summaries of planetaries appearing in the atlas.
Hope this helps, Stewart24 July 2020 at 7:55 pm #582908Nick HewittParticipant
Owen’s list is pretty comprehensive ( as we would expect). My only addition(s) would be the Stephen James O’Meara series from Cambridge. “The Secret Deep” and “Hidden Treasures“ have expansive entries on PNs. The first volume on the Messier objects is not really needed and the second ( the C……… objects) has a few. Some may be irritated by the rather idiosyncratic nicknames on offer but the meat of the info is good.25 July 2020 at 9:18 am #582913owen brazellParticipant
Yes I had forgotten the O’Meara series and there is some good information in them. Also in the Annals of the Deep Sky series from Willmann-Bell there is extensive coverage of some planetary nebulae, as well as many other kinds of deep sky object.25 July 2020 at 1:32 pm #582916Daryl DobbsParticipant
The book by Sue French also called Deep Sky Wonders has quite a good selection of planetary nebulae. The Walter Scott Huston book of the same name not only commands eye watering prices second hand as it’s well out of print but is a totally different book to Sue French’s.
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