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VVS Comets Working Group

Welcome

(Nederlandse tekst)




Welcome to the comet pages of the Astronomical Association in Belgium, abbreviated “VVS” in Dutch wich stands for “Vereniging voor Sterrenkunde”. Our association has nearly 2000 members, mainly in Flanders, the Flemish speaking part of Belgium. Of course ,only a small part of them are active comet observers !

The main purpose of this pages is to collect and publish all relevant information on brighter comets, observable in small to middle sized amateur telescopes, hence brighter then magnitude +11. Without excluding data or information on lesser bright comets if interesting enough to be mentioned. The obvious purpose is to inform the novice as well as the more experienced observers of our amateur club. To offer them all information needed to prepare observing sessions, to collect observational data and to publish results of our members : analyses as well as pictures,drawings,etc,....

Although our active members have been observing and reporting comets for serveral decades, for the moment these historical data are not available on the web. These pages were only started in november 2001 and include all estimates since then. If possible we will include parts of this archive, in the first place the data on former observed short periodic comets on their next return.

For our dutch speaking members we have also included instructions,tips and hints ,etc.. on how to observe comets and how to report their estimates. I guess there is no use to translate all this manuals in english, because much of this information allready can be found via links on the internet.

You can acces the results of our comet actions either via the links in the “current comets” table or by the archive pages . As you will see the used format is very similar to the ICQ – format. Drawings and pictures of contributing members can be found in the gallery.If you need more information on the issues on these pages, please don't hesitate to contact us by mail.

Thank you for visting this pages !


VVS Werkgroep Kometen

Welkom


Welkom op de komeetpagina's van de Vereniging voor Sterrenkunde (VVS). Doel van deze pagina's is om alle relevante gegevens over het waarnemen van kometen te bundelen en via deze weg te publiceren en voor iedereen beschikbaar te stellen. In de eerste plaats mikken we op de relatief heldere kometen, zichtbaar in een kleine tot middelgrote amateurkijker, dus vanaf een helderheid van pakweg magnitude +11, zonder precies een grens te willen trekken. Iedereen die wil meewerken aan deze pagina kan hier terecht voor alle nuttige informatie. De  bedoeling is om zowel de beginnende als de gevorderde komeetliefhebber te bereiken en zodoende zoveel mogelijk mensen de kans te bieden hun bijdrage te leveren ! Wie wil meewerken door visuele waarnemingen te doen, raden we aan zorgvuldig de waarnemingsinstructies door te nemen.
Kometen zijn wispelturig, soms verschijnen er kort achter elkaar verschillende heldere exemplaren, dan weer is het maandenlang wachten op de volgende. Ons doel is de meest heldere kometen projectmatig op te volgen door voldoende waarnemingen te verzamelen en deze ook zelf achteraf indien mogelijk te analyseren.

Wij hopen alvast op de medewerking van zoveel mogelijk waarnemers.


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