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



"If the pure and elevated pleasure to be derived from the possession and use of a good telescope...were generally known, I am certain that no instrument of science would be more commonly found in the homes of intelligent people."

So wrote Garrett Serviss in his book PLEASURES OF THE TELESCOPE nearly 100 years ago. The telescope market is radically different than it was in the days of Serviss. Back then, amateur astronomy was an activity of the wealthy. By contrast, we live in an age that thrives on choice. Amateur astronomers must now wade through an ocean of literature and propaganda before being able to select a telescope intelligently. For many a budding astronomer, this chore appears overwhelming.

Star Ware examines today's astronomical marketplace. Where is the best place to buy a telescope? Is there one telescope that does everything well? You will find the answer in the pages of STAR WARE.

  • Paperback: 417 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.97 x 9.28 x 7.64
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471750638; 4th edition (April 2007)

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Library of Congress Catalog Data

LC Control Number: 2006025134
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Harrington, Philip S.
Main Title: Star ware : the amateur astronomerís guide to choosing, buying, and using telescopes and accessories / Philip S. Harrington.
Edition Information: 4th ed.
Published/Created: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2007.
Description: p. cm.
Projected Publication Date: 0704
ISBN: 9780471750635 (pbk.)
0471750638 (pbk.)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects: Telescopes--Purchasing--Guidebooks.
Telescopes--Amateurs' manuals.
LC Classification: QB88 .H37 2002
Dewey Class No.: 522/.2 21