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


The Deep Sky

An Introduction

Chapter 3.    Tools of the Astronomer

Topics covered Chapter updates Recommended reading

Topics covered

  • Deep-sky observing with the naked eye
  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • Telescope mounts
  • Eyepieces
  • Finders
  • Light-pollution filters
  • Star atlases

Chapter 3 updates

  • None

Recommended reading


    Web sites

  • Affordable Astronomy Equipment Reviews

    • A new, but up and coming web site of astronomical equipment reviews.

  • Astronomy Software

    • A comprehensive listing of astronomy-related software with plenty of links to related Web sites.

  • Excelsis Rate Your Equipment

    • An interesting on-line poll that asks visitors to rate their telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, and other equipment.  Don't take all the remarks seriously, however.


    • Ed Ting's excellent site devoted to reviews of telescopes and accessories.

  • telescope reviews

    • Todd Gross's extensive collection of telescope, binocular, and eyepiece reviews by Boston's premier television meteorologist and others.