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

Many of us find that to leave bright room and cozy chair for the dark world outside is contrary to nature, like a moth flying from the light.  As a bather plunges into cold water, so the sky hunter must immerse himself in darkness before he will find it comfortable in the night . . . So rich is this nocturnal wonderland that even for smallest telescopes numerous objects await observation.  A larger lens or mirror is not an assured benefit.  Devotion and patience are as important as light grasp.
So wrote Leland S. Copeland in his article All Night with the Stars that appeared in the November 1949 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.  In this article, he wrote of the splendor that observing some of the many wonders of the night sky holds for amateur astronomers.  Copeland was one of his day's most prolific deep-sky observers.  Indeed, he originated and penned the Deep-Sky Wonders column in Sky & Telescope from 1942 to 1946, when it was passed on the Walter Scott Houston.  Scotty Houston continued what Copeland began until his death in December 1993, with his last column appearing in the July 1994 issue.  These two extraordinary amateur astronomers and authors are responsible for enlightening an uncountable number of amateur astronomers to the wonder of deep-sky observing, including me.  Together, they have left us a legacy of more than 50 years of insight and inspiration.  It is my hope that through this book, I can pass on to you some of the enthusiasm and love of deep-sky observing that they gave me over the years.
  • Paperback: 272 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.65 x 9.25 x 6.17
  • Publisher: Sky Pub Corp; ISBN: 0933346808; (February 1998)

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Library of Congress Catalog Data

LC Control Number: 95022380
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Harrington, Philip S.
Main Title: The deep sky : an introduction / Philip S. Harrington.
Published/Created: Cambridge, Mass. : Sky Pub. Corp., c1997.
Description: 272 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN: 0933346808 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-223) and index.
Subjects: Astronomy--Observers' manuals.
Series: Sky & telescope observer's guides
LC Classification: QB63 .H318 1997
Dewey Class No.: 523.8 20