Books by Philip S.
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For All Ages
Deep Sky: An Introduction
Illustrated Timeline of the Universe
Ware, 4th edition
the Universe Through Binoculars
Checking optical quality
Ratings of specific brands/models
here for supplemental material.
Backyard Astronomer's Guide;
Dickinson, T. and Dyer, A.; Camden House, 2002; ISBN 0921820119. www.backyardastronomy.com
and All Purpose Telescopes; Paul, H.; Book Sales, 1983; ISBN
0817435581. Out of print.
Touring the Universe Through Binoculars;
Harrington, P.; John Wiley & Sons, 1990; ISBN 0471513377.
specifically for birders, but with a lot of good advice for all
binocular owners and purchasers.
researched site devoted to all aspects of binoculars, including reviews
by the site's creator. His page on astronomical
binoculars is of special interest.
Binoculars and How They Work
binocular basics, including construction and features to look for when
way of evaluating up to four different binoculars side by side based on
preferences and parameters. Doesn't include all brands, but offers
a good cross-section.