Bibliography and References
We list in this page a comprehensive bibliography that
may be of interest to the supernova enthusiast. These books should be avalaible at the
publisher indicated or other major astronomical resource.
On supernovae physics...
Supernova: The Violent Death of a
Star by Donald Goldsmith; 1989; Oxford University Press, Walton Street, Oxford
OX2 6DP UK. The story of SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud and a general round-up of
supernova astrophysics and stellar evolution. Very useful if you like to know more about
those beasts you're hunting!
Supernovae and Their Remants
edited by Peter Brancazio and A.G.W. Cameron; 1969; Gordon and Breach Science Pubblishers,
150 5th Ave, N.Y., N.Y., 10011 USA. A classic on supernovae reaserch with chapters by
early professional SN hunters like Zwicky and Minkowski. Scientific information, though,
is mostly out-dated.
SN 1987A and Other Supernovae,
ESO workshop proceedings; 1990; ESO, Schwarzschild Strasse 2, D-8046, Garching bei
Munchen, Germany. Brainstorming on supernovae and related physics, very technical but has
some easy to read contributions by professional hunters on their work.
The Supernova Story; by
Laurence Marschall of Gettysburg College; Princeton University Press, 1994; check this web page (external
link) for details and orders.
Photographic atlases of galaxies...
If you do or plan to start supernovae hunting we
suggest you keep in your library some of these atlases. They can be useful in checking a
suspect star in your CCD image or visual observation. These atlases are not intended to be
used "on the field"; they should be used, though, in a verification process.
The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies
by Allan Sandage: 1961 first edition; Carnegie Institue of Washington, Washington DC. A
classic on galaxy classification with some 200 reproduction of historical plates of Mount
Wilson and Palomar Observatories.
Atlas of Galaxies by
Allan Sandage and John Bedke; 1988; NASA SP-496; Superintendent of Documents, US
Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 20402 USA. Some 300 photographic reproduction
of recent plates by Las Campanas and Palomar Observatories, originally intended to
calibrate HST observations. Beautiful images; the best by the cosmological Artist...
The Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies (two
volumes) by Allan Sandage and John Bedke; 1994; Carnegie Institue of
Washington, Washington DC. One thing can be said of this atlas: It's worth your telescope,
but costs only your eyepiece! It is an updated presentation of the Hubble classification
with some 1.200 plates of galaxies, by Palomar, Las Campanas and Mt Wilson, most of which
are published for the first time. An absolute must !
The Color Atlas of Galaxies
by James D. Wray; 1988; Cambridge University Press, The Pitt Building, Trumpington St.
Cambridge, CB2 1RP, UK; a CCD color atlas of galaxies bny a professional astronomer using
telescopes at McDonald Observatories and Las Campanas. some 600 images of galaxies with
excellent resolution of the nuclear regions.
Photographic Atlas of Galaxies fon
SN Search (three volumes); by Manuel Alvarez; 1987-1992; this atlas by
Argentine amateurs Alvarez is a collection of negative reproductions taken with a small
Schmidt camera and TP film. Unfortunately most photos lack resolution and are not
generally useful for a verification process.
Atlas of Compact Groups of Galaxies;
by Paul Hickson; 1994; Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Postfach, 4004 Basel,
Switzerland; this is a CCD atlas of one hundred compact groups of galaxies (with four or
more galaxies physically related) similar to the well known Stephan's Quintet and
Seyfert's Sextet, although many of these are quite far. Images were taken at the
Canada-France-Hawaii telescope with a 512x320 detector. Great for deep sky work or CCD
hunting with a large telescope.
"On the field" references of galaxies...
These atlases are suitable to be used on the
field during visual and CCD searches, as comparison references. They show the galaxy as it
appears in amateur-sized telescopes and are necessary for any serious hunting.
The Supernova Search Charts and
Handbook by R. Bryan and L. Thompson; 1989; Cambridge University Press, The
Pitt Building, Trumpington St. Cambridge, CB2 1RP, UK. These charts were individually
drawn by two amateurs using Palomar survey plates. They cover over 300 bright galaxies
both in the northern and southern hemisphere. A must! If these charts do not cover all
galaxies in your hunting program, see this page for additional
charts used by amateurs in the ISN.
A CCD Atlas of Deep Sky Objects
(for PCs only); by C. Buil and E Thouvenot; 1991; Sky Pubblishing Co. The first CCD
atlas for the amateur prepared by two French enthusiasts. Over 1000 galaxies are framed
down to magnidute 18 ca. You need a pc if you plan to use it on the field.
Deep Space CCD Atlas (two volumes);
by John C. Vickers; 1993; J.C. Vickers, PO Box 1292, Duxbury, MA 02331, USA. A very
comprehensive atlas of deep sky objects prepared by an Anerican amateur. Excellent images,
well reproduced, with over 2000 galaxies pictured (some are over-exposed though). A must !
Galaxies for the CCD (three
volumes); by M.Lopez Alvarez; 1998; More than 1000 galaxies are shown in these
books with size over three arcminutes. All galaxies are brighter than magnitude 15 and the
image scale is 6.5 arcsec per millimeter. Volumes are available at the author Manuel Lopez Alvarez.
These sources are useful to know major data on
galaxies selected for supernova search (size, abs. magnitude, distance, inclination,
Hubble type, ect.)
Nearby Galaxy Catalog;
by R. Brent Tully; 1988; Cambridge University Press, The Pitt Building, Trumpington St.
Cambridge, CB2 1RP, UK. Contains data on over 2800 brightest galaxies.
Third Reference Catalog of Galaxies;
G. de Vaucouleurs; 1991; Springer Verlag. The major source on galaxy data available today,
with over 20.000 entries, quite too much for the average amateur.