Author: William Liller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
View: 6064How would you like to discover a comet? Or be the first person to recognize a new star? This book will tell you how, and more! Writing for amateur astronomers using backyard equipment, noted astronomer, Bill Liller, describes exactly how to search the night skies for the unexpected, and what techniques work best for making astronomical discoveries. Author Liller covers all kinds of objects, such as comets, asteroids, novae, and supernovae that an amateur can hope to find as a result of systematic searching. One chapter also includes sage advice from successful amateurs, such as David Levy and Minoru Honda (comets), Bob Evans (supernovae), and Eleanor Helin and Brian Manning (asteroids), who share the secrets of their methods. The use of electronic technology is included, as well as instructions on how to publicize a discovery. Extensive appendices contain a wealth of essential data for every new discoverer of cosmic events. William Liller is the coauthor (with Ben Mayer) of the Cambridge Guide to Astronomy (1985) and has had a minor planet (3222) named after him.