Science Projects

Comets

Comets

The Comet Section was formed in February 2013. Its objectives are to;

  • encourage the visual observation and imaging of comets
  • develop the required skills; moving on from basic training and participation in existing activates e.g.; astrophotography and spectroscopy
  • as our skills develop report observations to national and international bodies
  • act as a pilot study for Project Alcock which has been set up by the BAA Comet Section to encourage local astronomical societies to observe and image comets

Possibilities are many and include;

  • locating and observing known comets
  • monitoring specific comets which may be splitting or in outburst
  • follow-up observations of newly discovered comets
  • finding comets masquerading as asteroids
  • recovering returning periodic comets
  • discovering comets
  • searching for comets in spacecraft images e.g.; SOHO

Methods of observing and recording observations are;

  • visual observing using binoculars and telescopes
  • drawing
  • imaging; CCD, DSLR, webcam
  • astrometry and photometry

 

Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS). Image obtained using a DSLR camera on the HAG 24” telescope (Steve Bosley, Steve Broadbent, Roger Dymock)

Observing sessions are scheduled approximately monthly and, whatever your skill level, all are welcome to participate. Contact Roger Dymock at roger.dymock’at’ntlworld.com (replace ‘at’ with @ in the email address.

For more about comets and methods of observation and imaging refer to the Project Alcock website at http://www.britastro.org/projectalcock/index.htm