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Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories Fourth Edition Edition
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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."
Robert Burnham, Sky & Telescope magazine
"Star Ware condenses between two covers what would normally take a telescope buyer many months to accumulate."
John Shibley, Astronomy magazine
Whether you're shopping for your first telescope or your fifth, don't be surprised if you feel overwhelmed by the dazzling array of product choices, bells and whistles, and the literature that describes them all. That's why you need Star Ware.
In this revised and updated Fourth Edition of the essential guide to comparing and selecting sky-watching equipment, award-winning astronomy writer Philip Harrington takes you telescope shopping the easy way. He analyzes and explains today's astronomy market and compares brands and models point by point. Star Ware gives you the confidence you need to buy the telescope and accessories that are right for you and the knowledge to get the most out of your new purchase, with:
Extensive, expanded reviews of leading models and accessoriesincluding dozens of new products
A clear, step-by-step guide to every aspect of selecting telescopes, binoculars, filters, mounts, lenses, cameras, film, star charts, guides and references, and much more
Ten new do-it-yourself projects for building your own astronomical equipment
Easy tips on setting up, using, and caring for telescopes and other astronomical equipment
Lists of where to find everything astronomical, including Web sites and resources; distributors, dealers, and conventions; and corporate listings for products and services
About the Author
More About the Author
Phil is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy. He is a founding member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society and is also one of the coordinators of the annual Astronomer's Conjunction, held every summer in Northfield, MA.
Phil is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he frequently reviews telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomical equipment, as well as authors observing features. Phil has also written the magazine's monthly "Binocular Universe" column (from 2005-2009) as well as a quarterly on-line column on Astronomy.com entitled "Phil Harrington's Challenge Objects." "Binocular Universe" migrated to Cloudynights.com in June 2009. In addition, he has written for Deep Sky and Sky & Telescope magazines.
Top Customer Reviews
The author leaves the final decisions in the hands of the readers , but after reading this little paperback , the reader is an informed buyer! This is not a field where mistakes are cheap. This book will save you some real $$$ if you pay attention. It did me!
The book also features ten new make-at-home projects, including two observatories, a simple digital imager that is light enough to use with *any* telescope, a pair of binocular mounts, an observing chair, and more.
Further, the author's extensive web site ... is regularly updated with the latest news on telescopes and astro-equipment.
I highly recommend Star Ware for all amateur astronomers who are interested in learning about and purchasing the best equipment.
If you are thinking about buying a telescope or other piece of astronomical equipment, the price of this book could save you hundreds. And, in the long run, you will end up knowing more about what to buy and how to use it, thanks all to this book.
If you are thinking of buying a telescope or some astro-accessory, or maybe want to get more out of the equipment that you already own, this is the book for you! Even if you own a telescope, you're bound to pick up something new in this book! I learned more from reading Starware than in probably ten other books combined. And even if you own the first or second edition (or both!), the third edition is a MUST!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of all astronomy books that concern equipment this one was at one time the best. The author obviously knows his subject, he is objective, and presents the info in a pleasing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard Madia
If you get this book, get the print edition. The kindle edition has two major problems. One is that the formatting of the comparison tables makes them completely unusable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lisa Nelson
Reading it now and recommended. This is the 4th (most recent) edition copyright 2007; already somewhat outdated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by THOMAS DEY
This is a pretty good book on astronomy items and things a person should become adept with in order to have good experience in astronomy.Published 12 months ago by morgan hall
Good place to learn a lot for Newbies, covers all aspects of astronomical hardware.Published 18 months ago by pdc0925
I basically bought this book to get current on the latest gear, it fills the bill in every way as far as that goes with tons of pertinent and useful data to help a person decide... Read morePublished 23 months ago by NH Man in the mountain
This is a great read, for the inexperienced and experienced stargazer alike. The newcomers will find everything they might need to know (or will find nice to know); the veterans... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Atjous