Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

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


Star Watch

Epilogue: Afterthoughts


Topics covered Chapter notes Recommended reading

Topics covered

What to do after you have seen all of the objects listed throughout Star Watch.  Some readers may have found one particular area of observational astronomy that interests them and wish to pursue that topic in greater depth.  Others might prefer to enter into a formal observing program that culminates with a certificate of completion.  There is something for everyone, as this summarizing chapter discusses.

Chapter notes

Here are contact information and links to various observing awards programs and amateur organizations, both local as well as nation- and worldwide.

Observing Awards

Join a Local Astronomy Club

  • One of the best ways to fuel your interest for astronomy and expand your circle of astro-friends is to join a local astronomy club.  Click here to link to a website called "AstroPlace," probably the most comprehensive listing of astronomy clubs available on the Internet.

Special Interest Societies

For those looking to expand their involvement with the hobby and science of astronomy, the following organizations are excellent ways to delve deeper into the universe.

  • American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)

    25 Birch Street; Cambridge, MA 02138

    Web site:

  • American Meteor Society (AMS)

    Dept. of Physics-Astronomy; SUNY-Geneseo; Geneseo, NY 14454

    Web site:

  • International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)

    3225 N. First Ave., Tucson AZ 85719

    Web site:

  • International Meteor Organization (IMO)

    161 Vance Street; Chula Vista CA 91910

    Web site:

  • International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA)

    2760 SW Jewell Avenue; Topeka, KS 66611-1614

    Web site:


Recommended reading

  • None, apart from what is on the websites listed above.