Comets are wonderfully unpredicatable objects. The Section covers all aspects of comet observation, both for pleasure and to potentially make a scientific contribution. Visual observations are still very important but making accurate magnitude estimates can be tricky. CCD and DSLR observations offer objective views of comets although analysis of the images can be difficult. In both cases practice and perseverance will pay off and the Section officers can help you climb the learning curve. The increasing use of robotic telescopes at remote locations provides the opportunity to observe comets under better conditions than exist in much of the UK. Non-observers are welcome too and can contribute through research on historical documents or data in libraries and on the Internet.
|The fragmentation of Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami)|
Nick James, 2016 Feb 04
|C/2013 US10 and its two tails|
Nick James, 2015 Dec 06
|Comet C/2013 US10 on its way to our skies|
Nick James, 2015 Nov 05
DirectorNick JamesVisual observations and analysisJonathan ShanklinSecretaryDenis BuczynskiTA liasonGuy HurstCCD imaging advisorPeter Carson Outreach & MentoringRoger DymockNewsletter editorJanice Mcclean