In Memoriam: Martino Nicolini

January 31st, 2015 by Tavi Greiner

IN MEMORIAM

Martino Nicolini

Feb 1961 – Jan 2015

… We’ll see you in the stars …

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ESCAPE AT BEDTIME, by Robert Louis Stevenson

The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shown in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.

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Comet Watch Episode 007 Special Guest Rodney Austin

August 20th, 2015 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to CometWatch! Your Hosts are Nick Evetts & Neil Norman, Two British Comet Observers & Imagers. In our 7th show we discuss the current Comets and then are joined by Rodney Austin from New Zealand

8-inch f4 with 2x Barlow as used for 1989X1
8 inch f4 with 2x Barlow as used for 1989X1

16 inch f5 comethunter An ongoing project.
16 inch f5 comethunter  An ongoing project

Comet 1982M1
1982M1

1984N1
1984N1

Comet 1989X1
1989X1

Aged 14 in 1959 with an on loan 3 inch refractor.
Aged 14 in 1959 with an on loan 3 inch refractor

Comet Austin 1989X1 Confirmation pic Perth Observatory-Pete Birch Dec 6-7-1989.
Comet Austin 1989X1 Confirmation pic  Perth Observatory Peter Birch Dec 6-7 1989 massaged

Don Machholz Rodney Austin and Doug Berger at Ribbonwood-Halleywatch site NZ 1986.
Don Machholz, Rodney Austin and Doug Berger at Ribbonwood Halleywatch site NZ 1986

Original version 6 inch f8 refractor as used for discovery of 1982M1.
Original version 6 inch f8 refractor as used for discovery of 1982M1

Rebuilt 6 inch f8 refractor as used for 1984N1.
Rebuilt 6 inch f8 refractor as used for 1984N1

Rodney with 24inch Optical Craftsmen Reflector at-Mt John University Observatory circa September 1971.
Rodney with 24inch Optical Craftsmen Reflector at Mt John University Observatory circa September 1971

Wendee & David Levy,Albert Jones and Rodney Austin RASNZ Conference New Plymouth New-Zealand 2006.
Wendee and David Levy, Albert Jones, and Rodney Austin RASNZ Conference New Plymouth New Zealand 2006

Both Neil and myself wish to thank Rodney for giving us permission to share the above images on the Astronomy.fm site

BAA Comet Section Page
http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/

The German Comet Group http://kometen.fg-vds.de/fgk_hpe.htm

Seiichi Yoshida’s page http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia http://cometobservations.freeservers.com/

Comet chasing http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/

International Comet Quarterly http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/CometMags.html

CometBase http://cometbase.net/

Mt John Observatory http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/astronomy-overview/page-4
http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/research/mt_john/

Cnaterbury Sky Atlas http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/8006/canterbury-sky-atlas

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CometWatch Episode 006 Just The Bare Bones!

July 18th, 2015 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to CometWatch! Your Hosts are Nick Evetts and Neil Norman,(Recorded 2015/07/11)

BAA Comet Section Page http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/

The German Comet Group http://kometen.fg-vds.de/fgk_hpe.htm

Seiichi Yoshida’s page http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia http://cometobservations.freeservers.com/

International Comet Quarterly http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/CometMags.html

CometBase http://cometbase.net/

Project Alcock  http://www.britastro.org/projectalcock/Contents

The Cometary Science Newsletter http://www.cometarysciencenews.org/

The Cometary Science Newsletteris dedicated to sharing and furthering cometary science. CSN invites contributions from the astronomical and planetary science communities, including abstracts of papers accepted for publication in refereed journals, thesis abstracts, timely notes on particular comets, conference announcements, job announcements, or other relevant and brief scientific communications. Relevant topics include observational, theoretical, and laboratory work concerning comets, but also may include studies of associated phenomena, such as Centaurs, asteroid-comet transition objects, debris disks, and protoplanetary disks.

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In Memoriam: Claudia J. Alexander (1959–2015), Ph.D.

July 12th, 2015 by Nick Evetts

In Memoriam: Claudia J. Alexander (1959–2015), Ph.D. was a research scientist specializing in geophysics and planetary science. She has worked for the United States Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,she was the last project manager of NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and until the time of her passing had served as project manager and scientist of NASA’s role in the European led Rosetta mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Claudia was awarded the Emerald Honor for Women of Color in Research & Engineering by Career Communications Group, Inc.at the National Women of Color Research Sciences and Technology Conference. Our Condolences go out to her Family,Co-workers and friends at this time
Dr Alexander talks about Comets (requires RealPlayer)

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CometWatch Episode 5 May 8th 2015, Comets & Planetary Defence with Tony Angel & Nick Howes

May 16th, 2015 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to CometWatch! Your Hosts are Nick Evetts & Neil Norman, Two British Comet Observers & Imagers. In our Fifth show we discuss the current Comets and chat with Tony Angel & Nick Howes and we ask them some questions

 BAA Comet Section Page   http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/

The German Comet Group http://kometen.fg-vds.de/fgk_hpe.htm

Seiichi Yoshida’s page http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia http://cometobservations.freeservers.com/

 Comet chasing in May  http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/  

 International Comet Quarterly  http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/CometMags.html 

Comet Base  http://cometbase.net/

Lumicon Swan Band Comet filter http://www.astroshop.eu/comet-filters/lumicon-swan-band-comet-filter-1-25-/p,6750

OIII Astro Telescope Filter http://opticalcoating.en.alibaba.com/product/1582144495-213902543/OIII_Astro_Telescope_Filters_1_25_Deep_Sky_Nebula_Swan.html

Sloan Filters http://www.sbig.com/products/filters/photometric-filters/astrodon/sloan/

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CometWatch Episode 4 April 8th 2015

May 2nd, 2015 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to CometWatch! Your Hosts are Nick Evetts & Neil Norman, Two British Comet Observers & Imagers. In our Fourth show we discuss Comet Jacques (C / 2015 F4) Neil spoke to amateur astronomer Cristovao Jacques and asked him 10 questions

BAA Comet Section Page http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/

The German Comet Group http://kometen.fg-vds.de/fgk_hpe.htm

Seiichi Yoshida’s page http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia http://cometobservations.freeservers.com/

SONEAR Observatory   Sonear

Planetary Science Institute Cometary Coma Image Enhancement Facility http://www.psi.edu/research/cometimen

Rosetta amateur campaign    http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/rosetta-ground-based-campaign

European comet conference – Ondrejov 2015   http://www.smph.cz/events/European-comet-conference-Ondrejov-2015

BAA/TA comet image archive http://www.britastro.org/cometobs/

Comet Section Meeting, Winchester https://www.britastro.org/meeting_render/6148

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CometWatch Episode 3 March 8th 2015

March 15th, 2015 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to CometWatch! Your Hosts are Nick Evetts & Neil Norman, Two British Comet Observers & Imagers. In our third show our guests are Alan Hale, Jim Scotti & David J Eicher .We always give the latest comet news out first though from the BAA Comet Section and other sources.
BAA Comet Section Page http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/

The German Comet Group http://kometen.fg-vds.de/fgk_hpe.htm

Seiichi Yoshida’s page http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia http://cometobservations.freeservers.com/

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