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Author: Philip S. Harrington
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Title: Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories
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Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (July 27, 1998)
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Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories by Philip S. Harrington



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The amateur astronomer has grown with these changes to explore the depths of space in ways that our ancestors could not have even imagined. Acknowledgments Putting together a book of this type would not have been possible were it not for the support of many other players. I would be an irresponsible author if I relied solely on my own humble opinions about astronomical equipment. The responses I received were very revealing and immensely helpful. When using telescopes less than 6 inches in aperture, some amateurs can readily exceed Dawes’ Limit, while others will never reach it. Does this mean that they are doomed to be failures as observers? Not at all!

There are a few books no amateur astronomer should be without.

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Star Ware is still a tour de force that any experienced amateur will find invaluable, and which hardware-minded beginners will thoroughly enjoy. John Shibley, Astronomy magazine. Now more than ever, the backyard astronomer has a dazzling array of choices when it comes to telescope shopping–which can make choosing just the right sky-watching equipment a formidable challenge. Book Description: Praise for Star Ware "Star Ware is still a tour de force that any experienced amateur will find invaluable, and which hardware–minded beginners will thoroughly enjoy. Paperback 384 pages. ISBN 10: 0471750638 ISBN 13: 9780471750635. Philip S. Pale Blue Dot: a Vision of the Human Future in Space. ISBN 10: 0345376595 ISBN 13: 9780345376596. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. ISBN 10: 1447259947 ISBN 13: 9781447259947.

''Star Ware is still a tour de force that any experienced amateur will find invaluable, and which hardware-minded beginners will thoroughly enjoy. Robert Burnham, Sky and Telescope magazine. Star ware : the amateur astronomer's guide to choosing.

Praise for Star Ware "Star Ware is still a tour de force that any experienced amateur will find invaluable, and which hardware–minded beginners will thoroughly enjoy.

Praise for the First Edition of Star Ware . . ."A complete, current review of the material needed by backyard astronomers . . .It deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who looks at the sky." -David Eicher Associate Editor, Astronomy Author of Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy"A great help to anyone, especially the novice, who is wondering what to get. I don't know of any other single source that covers so much of the equipment scene." - Alan MacRobert Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope Author of Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers.Just as our knowledge of the cosmos has changed dramatically in the past few years, so has the world of telescope buying. Today, it is easier than ever for the backyard astronomer to actively observe the universe-with equipment to satisfy every need. How does the amateur astronomer make informed choices?In this Second Edition of Star Ware, award-winning astronomy writer Philip S. Harrington helps eliminate the guesswork, and guides you through the process with fully updated and expanded chapters on telescopes and accessories. For budding astronomers and experienced amateurs alike, Star Ware, Second Edition gives you everything you need to make educated decisions, including:* Extensive reviews of leading model names and hard-to-find accessories on the market, along with dozens of new products to help you buy smart* A clear, step-by-step guide to all aspects of purchasing, from choosing the right binoculars and telescopes to buying eyepieces, filters, cameras, and film* Ten new do-it-yourself projects to help save you time and money-including a portable telescope case and performance-enhancing collimation tools* Easy maintenance, mapping, and photography tips of the trade to help you get the most out of your telescope and stargazing* Where to find everything astronomical: Internet sites and web resources with complete addresses for distributors, dealers, and conventions; corporate listings for products and services; and advice on using equipment.
Reviews: 7
Dominator
There are a few books no amateur astronomer should be without. One is Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, which packs more useful information into a smaller package than any other book I know of. A second is The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Dickinson & Dyer, which covers the basics of the hobby in a more expansive, descriptive format.
A third member of this short list has recently been republished in a new edition: Star Ware, Second Edition (The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories) by Philip S. Harrington, 1998 John Wiley & Sons. Star Ware is aimed mostly at beginners, teaching in a lively and informal style the basics of how telescopes work and how to use them, but there is a fair amount of information of interest to advanced amateurs as well.
The book begins with two chapters about telescope optics and different types of telescopes, with something of the history of telescopes along the way. Chapter 3 covers the pros and cons of each type in some detail, ending with a quiz where you add the point values of your answers to show what type you should buy - fun, as long as you don't take it too seriously. Chapter 4 is a still more detailed look at the offerings of different manufacturers, again sorted by type. Phil goes easy on the major manufacturers, judging from some of the tales of woe I've heard; but the treatment is fair and useful. Chapter 5 compares the myriad eyepieces available to go with these scopes. Both these chapters have appendices where the information is laid out in convenient tables.
Chapter 6 covers finders and filters, other books and software, cameras and CCD's. One thing I would have appreciated would be a similar appendix covering all the competing software packages, what they do well and which was the best for each purpose. As I wrote two months ago, I have purchased a number of these packages and started to evaluate them; maybe I need to write this comparison myself.
Chapter 7 was the most interesting to me - a description of projects you can make, from a collimation tool to a video camera bracket to a binocular chair - the latter I want to get started on Real Soon Now. `Till Death Do You Part' is on care of your scope, and repeats sage advice against unnecessary cleaning, as well as how to collimate your optics.
The last and longest chapter, `It's Time to Solo!', covers the targets to point your scope at (moon, planets, comets, sun, deep-sky), a description of a few dozen of the best deep-sky objects, and a brief introduction to astrophotography. This will be of less interest to advanced amateurs, who probably have more detailed sources of this type of information. One might question why to include this in a book about equipment, but it probably does make it more useful for the beginner who may buy only this book.
Parts of the book overlap with the Dickinson & Dyer book mentioned above, but the treatment of telescopes and eyepieces is much more detailed. Overall, a fine book, highly recommended for a beginning amateur, and recommended for an advanced amateur looking to buy a new scope or eyepiece.
LivingCross
The book didn't have what I was looking for.
I was searching for information concerning
Equatorial Mounts. I expected the book to
show various types of EQ mounts and how they
work and so on. It devoted less than a page on it.
However it does have important information that
every amateur astronomer should know. It is
a good book on astronomy sky viewing.
Vetibert
A highly experienced person "might" not find this book very useful. But, as a somewhat experienced amateur I find this book a very shelf-worthy publication. It's a keeper as far as I am concerned. Recommended for most who have an interest in anything astronomy (telescopes, eyepieces, binoculars, etc.).
Ance
Philip S. Harrington's Star Ware is one of the best guides to choose, buy and use telescopes and accesories for observing the nightsky.With many charts, illustrations, tables and black and white photographs, this book is a real help in order to setup and test your astronomical equipment. In ten well written chapters, the book deals with topics such as aperture, focal lenght, focal ratio, magnification and resolving power. It also explains the different types of telescopes (reflectors, refractors, etc) comparing different brands of telescopes and eyepieces, giving useful tips on observing and astrophotography. Useful appendices, updated in this second edition, will give the reader information about telescope dealers, distributors and manufacturers, in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Definitively, this is one of the best books of its kind and a must for amateur astronomers who own or want to buy a telescope.
Mysterious Wrench
I purchased the first addition of this book 3 years ago along with a number of other astronomy titles, as I was just getting started in the hobby. Harrington's book is useful to both the beginner and advanced amature astronomer. He provides detailed and up to date reviews of a wide variety of products available on the market today. He also provides a good deal of information that enables one to focus on the type of equipment that will best meet their needs. I recently purchased this new addition, and found it to be very useful in keeping abreast of what is new in the marketplace. Of all the astronomy books I've purchased, this along with "The Backyard Astronomer" are the most useful.