Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

Cosmic Challenge

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

Cosmic Challenge

The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs

Listing more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, divided in 187 challenges, Cosmic Challenge will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of solar system and deep-sky targets will have observers hunting for the Apollo lunar landing sites, searching for satellites orbiting the outermost planets, and exploring hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies, and quasars. Each target object is accompanied by a rating indicating how difficult the object is to find, an in-depth visual description, an sketch showing how the object realistically looks (some may even require averted vision!), and a detailed finder chart to help you find each challenge quickly and effectively.

The guide introduces objects often overlooked in other observing guides and features targets visible in a variety of conditions, from the inner city to the dark countryside. Challenges are provided for the naked eye, through binoculars and the largest backyard telescopes.

Sadly, the Cosmic Challenge is out of print, but you can still easily find used copies for sale.  Visit for a current list of sellers.



Library of Congress Catalog Data

Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Harrington, Philip S.
Main Title: Cosmic Challenge: The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs
Edition Information: 1st ed.
Published/Created: Cambridge University Press
Projected Publication Date: November 30, 2010
ISBN: 978-0521899369
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.