Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages


Cosmic Challenge


The Deep Sky: An Introduction


Eclipse!


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe


The Space Shuttle


Star Ware, 4th edition


Star Watch


Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

 

Nights of Future Passed

Vintage telescope ads from "back in the day"

Here's a fun look back at some amateur telescopes from days gone by.  Some were great, some not so good.  I'll leave it up to you to decide which is which!

Choose your decade:
1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's

Click on the thumbnails to see the fine print. 


1920's
broadhurst1-200.JPG (649681 bytes) Broadhurst, Clarkson, and Company

A well-known name from early in the last century, Broadhurst, Clarkson, and Company (later Broadhurst, Clarkson, and Fuller) is still around today, though it no longer manufactures telescopes.  The retail end of the business, known as the Telescope House in Kent, imports telescopes from the U.S. as well as other sources, while the parent company concentrates on the wholesale distribution and specialist supplier side of the business.

Thanks to Roger Gibbs of Masterton, New Zealand, for forwarding these scans.

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Porter Garden Telescope

One of the era's most famous and collectible instruments, the Porter Garden Telescope was the brainchild of Russell W. Porter, the father of the amateur telescope making movement that started in the 1920s and continues today.  Porter's club, the Springfield Telescope Makers, continues the traditional today by hosting the annual Stellafane convention in Springfield, Vermont.

This link leads to a 15-page brochure describing the telescope.


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ottway3-200.JPG (424080 bytes) ottway4-200.JPG (379758 bytes) W. Ottway and Company, Ltd.

This 80-year-old collection of telescopes and mountings comes from across the pond in the United Kingdom.  These ads the appeared in a magazine called "Hutchinson's Splendour of the Heavens" published 1924.

Thanks to Roger Gibbs of Masterton, New Zealand, for forwarding these scans.


watson1-200.JPG (513066 bytes) watson2-200.JPG (456701 bytes) watson2a-200.JPG (434100 bytes) W. Watson and Sons, Ltd.

Three more vintage advertisements from London, this time showcasing refractors from W. Watson and Sons, Ltd, of London.

Thanks again to Roger Gibbs of Masterton, New Zealand, for forwarding these scans.


1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's