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Comet Section

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 Non-observers are welcome too and can contribute through research on historical documents or data in libraries and on the Internet.


Section News

Comet C/2020 A2 (Iwamoto)
Nick James, 2020 Jan 15
Follow a comet through the northern sky
Nick James, 2019 Dec 15
Rosetta 67P observing campaign
Nick James, 2019 Nov 24