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Just noticed that CUP are planning to issue a book that I would like!!!
Atlas of Great Comets by Ronald Stoyan + Storm Dunlop [translator)
PUBLICATION : Not yet published - available from November 2014
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781107093492
No doubt a matching volume to the the Moon Atlas and Star Atlas.
I wait in anticipation! regards maf
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Sounds awesome Mike. For me, nothing captures the imagination quite like comets do. :)
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Yes, I agree, Vega and there a few books about them currently available. The great "Cometography" set is far too expensive (and perhaps a little dry, I am told), the one on comet science, too scientifically complicated for me, and the couple observing guides deal over-much with "imaging" (not for me) and other complicated techniques - reducing a comet to a row of numbers may be necessary for predictive calculations but is not for me either. When a bright comet is in the offing (which may or may not happen!!) some good paperback general comet books appear but in my opinion a book with lots of historical and up to the present stories and photographs would be very welcome - I hope this book will go some way to fill the gap. Most books about the solar system contain pages and pages about each planet and their moons and about one or two about comets! One local astronomer I know calls them "the rubbish of the Solar System"! regards maf
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Issue date for this book has now been moved till January 2015. maf
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Hi Mike,

An interesting point about the quality of books. On the related subject of meteors, there are mountains very basic stuff usually attached as a brief addition to those comet pages you mention. Whilst there are only a couple of decent observing guides (such as Neil Bones' Meteors) there is a huge jump to highly specialist and complex professional literature which won't interest most amateur meteor observers. Not a lot in the middle.

Anyway returning to comets, there is a good book called Comet Science by J. Crovisier and T. Encrenaz. This is an academic book but I recommend it as the technical/maths bits can be ignored without losing any of the comet science story. It's a good read about modern comet science, just a bit behind the very latest Rosetta type stuff but puts it in context.

It can be previewed and bought second hand on several online sites.

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Hello Bill,

I think that I did once buy a copy of this but did find the technicalities a bit offputting. I guess I prefer a more historical and descriptive approach. Seargent's Springer Book on the subject is pretty good although only a paperback. regards maf
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This book is now available....I am ordering tomorrow.......looks jolly good! regards maf
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"Comets, importing change of time and states,
brandish your crystal tresses in the sky."
Henry Vl, William Shakespeare.
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I now have this book in my hand.......most impressive! regards maf
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I expect to see a review soon about this book in the astro-mags. It is limited to the Great Comets (as in the title of course) and Comet Halley gets more than one entry. It is very orderly in layout out - I like that- with lots of historical material, maps, tables of facts, glorious photographs, drawings and paintings. Which comets should or should not be included is of course a matter of argument but how these comets were chosen is explained in the introduction. The only one I really missed was Comet Holmes....such a special comet. I only noticed one typo. A really lovely book! regards maf.
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